Standard 5 Class Raises and Gives Donations To Hospital Patients
BeeHive Standard 5 students (about 12 yrs old) wanted to give back to the Mzuzu community. They decided to collect donations for patients at the local hospital. The students managed to collect five big boxes of donations. They sorted and organized the items into care packages and then visited the hospital and personally handed them to the patients. The patients really enjoyed having the students visit and were very happy at the kind and thoughtful gesture. The students enjoyed giving back to their community.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. If you have a lot, do something…if you have a little, do something…everyone has some way or something that they can contribute to the community.
This lab was possible because of many kind people across the world. Thanks to everyone who advised, contributed financially and worked hard volunteering in the US and in Mzuzu. We cannot thank everyone enough!!
Setting Up The Lab
IT expert Israel visited Malawi and set up the computer lab this past July. We shipped some of the equipment, including the keyboards and mice, but Israel managed to carry three large suitcases full of the chromebook laptops with Educational Ebuntu installed on them, plus a router, the raspberry pi, and some hard drives.
After arriving to Mzuzu, Israel and Niall worked tirelessly getting everything up and running, ready for teacher training in a few weeks.
Mikala, an experienced high school computer science teacher and Stanford graduate student studying education and technology, volunteered at BeeHive School this summer and taught the teachers how to use the laptops for administrative purposes and how to teach effectively with the computers. Using a computer is a new experience for many of these teachers. She is working on documentation that BeeHive, and other schools, can use to train their teachers and teach their students how to use computers, with and without the internet.
On the first day of the new school term, the students were excited to enter the new computer lab, with enough computers for every student in a class to use their own! Before the students could use the computers, they learned the basic rules of the computer lab and how to use the new laptops.
Soon, the students were discovering and learning independently on the new laptops. The students and teachers are very happy to have the new computer lab!