This August, Tim Greenwood, co-director of Living Systems, will be travelling out to Monkey bay, Malawi, to help set up an internet cafe with Tyson Dye of UKFast.
This is the second project the two have delivered as part of their Project Pi. Last year Tim flew out to Johanesburg to set up ten Raspberry Pi computers at the Khaya Centre in Lehae. See more about that here http://www.ukfast.co.uk/press-releases/hosting-firm-sponsors-south-africa-tech-project-.html and here http://projectpi.org.uk/khaya-centre-mount-olive-2014/.
And a short video documenting the trip here:
This year’s project is going to see the duo heading out to the Kasupe Project, Monkey Bay, Malawi (http://www.kasupe.org.uk/). Tim made a connection with Davy, Kasupe’s co-founder, back in 2005 and when Davy heard about the project in South Africa he reached out to see if a similar venture might be possible for Kasupe.
This August will be about installing 5 Raspberry Pi computers for the primary school which Kaspue has started in a rural village near Monkey Bay, Malawi. This will immediately open up the internet to children for researching assignments, connecting with others socially using social media and learning about basic ICT skills as well as e-safety. There will also be a chance for members of the community to get online for a small fee.
Charging for use of the internet is nothing new, the web cafe concept has been around for a long time. However, this will be a good way of creating a small revenue stream for the new centre which will be re-invested back into the project. This will pay for any breakges, 3G data bills and might even lead to the creation of a part-time job managing the project. These goals are ambitious and will need to be tested for their practical merit in the field.
Tim’s interest in this project is from a leadership/action research perspective which specialises in organisational learning within complex and dynamic environments.
Tyson commented that his is ‘understanding how IT in general can be deployed in developing countries to make a positive and lasting impact on communities.’
Watch this space for updates!
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