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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 

Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute in partnership with IICD of the Netherlands are set to bring a new age where learning and teaching is digital. In a new project, Don Bosco and IICD have introduced state-of-the-art hand-held computers that will shape teachers in primary schools and pupils into a generation that ably fit into the ever-growing digital information world.

Tsabango 1 Primary School is the first beneficiary primary school in Lilongwe rural east. The school officially received 10 TeachTabs [tablet computers for the teachers] and 30 LearnTabs [tablet computers for the learners].

“Tsabango pupils, teachers and the community around are the luckiest,” remarked the head teacher for the school Mr Christford Kadzipatira in his welcome remarks while reminiscing his primary and secondary school days as well as college days when they never had access to such sophisticated gadgets to aid their education.

To echo what the IICD Technical Advisor Solutions and Inovations Maurizio Bricola said; the project coordinator Patrick Muhime, expressed contentment as the tablets will add excitement and fun to the learning process. He also invited all teachers at the school, pupils and people from the community to take part in ensuring total security of the gadgets so that many pupils may benefit from such a project.

The TeachTabs for the teachers are installed with all necessary tools for teaching as well as monitoring and control tools which will help them see what the pupils are doing without physically checking on pupils’ LearnTabs. Currently, teachers at Tsabango 1 primary school are set to start trainings which will be conducted by Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute in order to enable them ably handle the versatile devices in a class session.

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already getting excited with the LearnTabs

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tsabango 1 teachers taking an online survey before training starts

Friday, June 06th, 2014 

Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute

Lilongwe, Malawi

Area 23 PO Box 30254

We are a religious order in the Catholic Church called ‘The Salesians of Don Bosco”. The mission of The Salesians is to work for ‘the poor and abandoned’ youth of the world. We have missions in 153 countries, many located in some of the most remote places of the world.

 

One of the most needy places is the capital city of Lilongwe in the country of Malawi, located in the heart of the African continent. It is regularly listed among the 10 poorest countries in the world. Our college is located on the outskirts of Lilongwe where there are about 1 million of the 15 million people in the country. In Lilongwe we have a church, a youth center, and a technical school. Lilongwe has a large population of young people. About 1,000 young men and women come to our youth center for activities and about 800 students are registered in our Don Bosco Youth Technical College. In this school we offer courses in Carpentry, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Hospitality Management, Accounting, Information & Communications Technology and Auto-Mobile Mechanics. We work very closely with the government to assure the highest percentage of graduates can enter Malawi’s work force.

 

Our school is relatively inexpensive, yet about one quarter of students still receive aid from different organizations as well as Malawi’s government. Each course is 3 years long following the strict guidelines set by the country. Discipline is one of our strongest assets. Our students know the importance of their training and most study very hard to better their lives and struggle to escape poverty.

 

As a school, we do very well in many different aspects. We are very creative in making the school affordable and the training standard is very high. The problem arises when we discuss resources. We can do much with very little, but we do need at least the bare minimum to continue our mission. Our greatest needs are books, manuals, and other instructional materials that both teachers and students can use as resources. Although we have limited resources for further study, our students are very thirsty for knowledge. They read and reread the materials currently at hand throughout the school day.

 

While we need books of all kinds, we particularly need the books listed in the attached document. If you can provide books that supplement this list we would gratefully accept them. We are also seeking to launch a Children’s library as part of our Youth Center; we would appreciate any books (picture books included) for beginners and early readers so that our youngest children can learn the English language early in their lives.

 

Books are being accepted right now, please address them to:

 

Jessica O’Connor or deliver the books locally anytime via:
Salesian Missions Dominick Malusa
2 Lefevre Lane 23 Andrew Place
New Rochelle, NY 10801 Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone #: 914-633-8344 *please just leave all books on the front porch

Email: jessicao@salesianmissions.org

 

 

If you have any questions, please refer them directly to Jessica at the Salesian Missions or locally to Mary Ellen McKie at: mmckie3@verizon.net phone: (516)628-2863

The book list is located at: http://www.wishlistr.com/reserve/brother-robert

 

God bless,

 

Brother Robert Malusa SDB