Learning Transformation For High Schools

Introduction

Maxim Nyansa believes that IT, and specifically the use of multi media and educational software, can make a change in the personal development of young African via the schools. Children love school, at least at first. That is where they make friends, play and begin to explore the world. Education is now reaching most African children. But when it comes to introducing students to digital literacy and a deep understanding of what they are learning, there is still room for improvement in most schools.

Supporting high school students with computers and software:

Maxim Nyansa is aiming to support students in high schools across West-Africa by providing them and of course their teachers with much-needed IT infrastructure and educational software. To support high school students in their learning process, there are many excellent open source resources available on-line both for teachers and students. These materials can be of great help in improving the quality of education. For most schools, going on-line to work with this material is not an option. Maxim Nyansa therefore looks for the right infrastructural solution for every situation, at school and at home.

Maxim Nyansa delivers taylor made integrated solutions for the innovation of education in West-African schools:

This is our approach:

1.  We help schools to set up their IT labs. We will do this by assisting with the design and implementation of the infrastructure. We will also help them acquire the needed equipment for the lab through the Maxim Nyansa Foundation School Sponsorship Program and our Computer4Schools campaign.
2.  We offer digital educational material based on the School’s curriculum. This will span from primary school through to the senior high school level.
3.  We train teachers in digital literacy and help them use IT to make their job as a teacher more rewarding and less time-consuming.
4.  We provide IT training for all teachers of the various institutions on how to effectively use technology to improve the delivery of their lessons to capture the attention of children and also to make them understand the topics better.
5.  If necessary, we provide general IT training for the students as well. This will equip them with the much needed IT skills for the future practically.

Our products do not intend at all to replace the crucial teacher/student interaction in the classroom but to serve as a complementary resource to the current school system helping students in the active understanding and practical application of the subjects taught.


Our Approach

We are there to help schools to improve their teaching practices to prepare students for the 21st century. We understand that every school is at a different stage in this process, facing different challenges practically or financially.

A quick scan of the needs of schools:

In order to provide a school with the best solution for their needs, our IT and education experts will first offer to perform a quick scan of the current situation regarding the available infrastructure of the school, the availability of electricity and Internet services and the level of IT literacy of teachers and students. Based on this, Maxim Nyansa will develop a tailor made solution for that particular school, taking into account its financial situation in the planning of investments and training programs.

Fees and financial support:

We are an NGO registered under Ghanaian law as a non for profit organization. We cost our projects in high Schools moderately to cover our costs for local Maxim Nyansa staff. Our Maxim Nyansa Foundation is partnering with its sister organization in the Netherlands “Climbing the right tree” and is therefore capable of supporting some school projects financially where necessary.

Together with our Dutch partners, we try to find financial sponsorship for your school when necessary; first this will start in your own local community, and secondly from international sponsors. In particular, we regularly receive donations of slightly used computers and smartboards, that we offer for public or rural schools lacking the resources for such an investment.

Our staff knows education as well as IT:

We work with engineers who have been trained in computer science as well as education, with a practical experience as school teachers too. In addition, all of them have followed a specialized training at our own Maxim Nyansa training center.

What do we offer?:

Maxim Nyansa believes that 21st century learning transformation is not a quick fix solution, but it deserves an integrated approach. In the past, many good projects have been carried out to introduce IT in schools in West-Africa. Many of them lacked impact because they were addressing a single issue.

Our integrated approach consists of 10 elements:

Training:
- Training of teachers in basic IT skills.
- Training in multimedia teaching practices.
- Training education innovation for 21st century skills including innovative approaches like EDUSCRUM.
Hardware and networking- installation and maintenance:
- Set up of IT desktop laboratory.
- Installation of other hardware like smartboards, projectors, ipads and laptops in class
- IT architecture and internet connectivity evt combined with on campus wifi and local servers
Software:
- Individual Learning Management Software (online or offline alternative)
- Open source digital educational content matched to the West-African curriculum
- School administration software
Specialized Consultancy and change management:
- Our consultants can advise you on the way to go in the coming years and the steps you can take.

An extensive presentation of our vision and the content of the 10 steps to learning tranformation can be downloaded Here.
WANT TO JOIN THE COMPUTER4SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN ?

The COMPUTER4SCHOOLS campaign is a project in close collaboration with schools, traditional councils, businesses and other sponsors all over Ghana. We believe that all students in Ghana can obtain 21st century skills. Information technology is fundamentally changing the world and the job market and will be a key factor for the development in the ECOWAS region, and the country of Ghana. Digital literacy and the ability to apply ICT in problem solving are fundamental success factors for this change. We therefore want all children in Ghana to have the opportunity to take part in these changes, by having access to internet and to computers. Visit our campaign website below for more information.

COMPUTER4SCHOOLS LOGO WWW.COMPUTER4SCHOOLSGHANA.ORG

BROWSE OUR CAMPAIGN VIDEOS HERE AND MORE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

SKUUNI SAAS SMS

Skuuni is a web-Based School Management Platform that brings into one place to manage all elements of a school efficiently including Students (admission/registration), Parents, Employees/Staff, Attendance, Terminal reports, Classes, Grades, Fees collection, Financial management (Income and Expenditure), etc. Schools who want to digitize their processes have the opportunity to subscribe to the platform with support from our local technical team Visit our website below for more information.

SKUUNI LOGO WWW.SKUUNI.COM

Project

Our organization started in 2016 with a pilot project to develop its integrated approach.

Maxim Nyansa has been able since 2017 to equip eight (8) ICT labs with a minimum of 15 computers and a smartboard each. With the support of some of Chiefs, Members of Parliament and District Assemblies, our team started from the Ashanti Region in the Asante Akyem South district setting up the first ICT lab in the Palace of the Paramount Chief of the Obogu Traditional area in 2017.

The first training of 25 teachers was conducted in February 2018 to equip the teachers with basic IT skills to enable them use multimedia and also digitalize termly student assessments using a spreadsheet. This lab serves 13 schools and 4000 children.

Project Cont'd

During the long vacation in August 2018, twenty-two(22) GES teachers from different districts from Greater Accra Region, Central Region, Eastern Region and Northern Region were trained in collaboration with our partner organization Computer Shiksha from India on how to use multimedia and videos on ICT topics in our curriculum to teach students. This concept is used by Computer Shiksha to reach deprived areas in India to bridge the ICT divide between the rich and poor.

Three ICT labs were equipped in the Ekumfi District in three strategic Schools to serve Schools 2km around each to reach about 5000 School children in the district. Four additional ICT labs in the Eastern Region were also equipped in Asene Manso Akroso district reaching additional 6000 School children in November 2018.

Learning Transformation in Pictures

Find more pictures of our ongoing projects on our facebook page here