Amongst other things, Robb Research make children's educational app's for tablet computers under the name 'Unit 11 Apps'. They asked if it would be helpful to the school if they were to donate a number of tablets pre-loaded with their educational app's. And they very kindly gave us one to take with us to see what the children and teaching staff thought.
Many of the children of our team of artisan makers' attend the school and pre-school, which is on the same site as our Ravinala workshop. The school aims to provide the children with the highest standard of education possible and the pre-school is already being recognised nationally as one of the best in Madagascar. The school is funded entirely through charitable giving and the children receive their education for free. As such the idea of purchasing tablets for our students is a distant dream, so the prospect of having some donated was very exciting indeed!
The children at our pre-school and primary school all learn in Malagasy, French and English. They cover a broad curriculum of subjects including computing, which up until now has been on second hand lap tops and old desk top machines that have been donated by people in the UK when they've upgraded to a newer computer.
The feedback received from teachers and pupils alike was that the apps and tablets would make a huge difference for computing lessons, but also for other curriculum subjects like literacy and numeracy. We want to encourage and inspire our students to be all they can be, to broaden their horizons and to help them see the opportunities that may be available to them if they can get through school. Part of that means preparing them for a future where technology plays an increasingly important role.
Robb Research have kindly donated another 12 tablets loaded with app's and our teaching staff and students can't wait to start using them in the new year.
Thanks Robb Research!
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