Marshi Improvement Information Technology Education and Cyber School Project.

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Marshi Improvement Information Technology Education and Cyber School Project.

Tanzania
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

“The idea is to accelerate sustainable quality through a digitally technological inclusiveness for the poor , marginalized and vulnerable school children as  a fundamental human rights for a sustained human development and equity, poverty reduction, HIV/Aids reduction, self reliance and timely global connectivity”

About You
Location
Project Street Address

Bweri Area, Musoma Nyere road

Project City

Musoma

Project Province/State

Mara

Project Postal/Zip Code

+255

Project Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on:

Tanzania

Website URL
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$10

Innovation
Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

“The idea is to accelerate sustainable quality through a digitally technological inclusiveness for the poor , marginalized and vulnerable school children as a fundamental human rights for a sustained human development and equity, poverty reduction, HIV/Aids reduction, self reliance and timely global connectivity”

What makes your idea unique?

Marshi idea is not only unique but also relevant and appropriate. School children are sensitive to new ideas and have the capacity to grasp and absorb user and reader friendly ideas which they deem or perceive as closet to their hearts and mind. “bringing a live mouse into a classroom will often tease children and more often than not will raise several questions from the children”, remember, there is a semblance between a “live mouse and a microchip mouse”. At Marshi Academy, we want all pupils to differentiate between a mouse and a mouse”. The introduction of digital technological education as a mass -catch- up learning component will significantly transform the schools’ quest for quality learning environment hyperbolically relevant and appropriate.
➢ The pupils will start learning Information communication technology from nursery (age 4) up to the ladder, will access and surf the internet skills as well this an ability them to connect to the rest of globe in this fast trendy globe of super highway technology age. The concept’s reality will be witnessed where the small beds starts exchanging correspondences with newly acquired global peer friends, will improve their learning skills through self – study e-learning while taking all the advantages of e-library.
➢ The pupils will also be able to access HIV/AIDS information resources vide free access to e-resources, this will help build and improver the children’s human development equity and economics vis – a – vis self reliance preparedness, not withstanding extreme pertly reduction. This explains why the project in unique.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

Children & Youth , At risk youth , Behavioral issues , Boys' development , Child care , Child exploitation , Child protection , Early childhood development , Education , Education reform , Girls' development , Play , Youth leadership , Communications , Design , Employment , Food security , Income generation , Information technology , Networking , Poverty alleviation , Social Enterprise , Sustainable development , Environment & Sustainability , Environmental justice , Sustainable design , Waste and recycling , Health care , Health education , HIV/AIDS , Reproductive and maternal health , Sanitation , Sports , Wellness , Disability rights , Gender equity , Security , Tolerance , Vulnerable populations , Citizen participation , Ethics , Social work , Volunteerism .

What impact have you had?

Since the inception of information communication technology education and Cyber School project ,the applications skills associated with information technology for the few and have been limited to pupils in class 6 and 7 receptively. There have been a sustainable parents and guidance support network increasing local communities and local authorities’ awareness of ICT education and Cyber School and leading to improved access to quality education, social support for these poor and vulnerable children not withstanding.
It is noteworthy that the pupils have begun comparing the mathematical calculations inachiries like calculators, mathematical tables, and manual calculators with the ones in the software tools. Many pupils who have leant basic excel and foundation data base expressly state that with the comprises and internet access at Marshi Academy, they are able to quickly solve mathematical problems without any reference the foremen tined traditional methods. Many parents within the Marshi community have since made applications to enroll their children for information communication technology education and cyber school lessons, this in spite of the very limited opportunities and have formed parents peer support groups of tens with a view to enable them contribute membership fees for their children.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

The marginalized poor children, vulnerable children, street children and
Deaf children in our community have community have been excluded from access to quality education, refection and completion; this is due to their lowest socio-economic status and recurring injustice. The situation is accentuated with food poverty, lack of fees to pay for tuition and procurements of school text books required by public schools, provable learning institutions is not within their imagination to access due to astronomically high fees charged by private owners and or investors.

The greatest problem which the project is addressing is the total exclusion of the poor children, vulnerable children street children and the deaf children in the digital technological worlds this is a fundamental human rights violations for these children, it is a deliberate attempt to permanently subject them to extreme vicious cycle of poverty; because of their poor background and law – socio-economic status, the educational regulatory authorities in Tanzania have never come up with a policy of prodding free ICT education to these target population. Whereas children from upper class income families and average income earning families continues to enjoy access to schools equipped with ICT education families thus making them relevant to info age of this dynamic globe, the reverse happens to children from the lowest income earning families, this notwithstanding the children from zero income earning families; this is the hide gap! The project is therefore an earliest entry point for Marshi Academy to help Improve access, retention and completion of digital technological education and cyber school services for the poor marginalized children, vulnerable children, street children and the deaf children who are enrolled at our education institution, so as to narrow the hide gap, to allow these poor population to maximize their quality learning opportunities which will make them complete with other peer children from able families, it will help enhance and restore human rights for these targeted population.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

Marshi Academy is currently undertaking a situational analyst and needs assessment study about the feasibility and viability of Information Communication technology education and cyber schools for Mara Region in Tanzania. The study invited participation of 13 primary school heads, 16 Secondary should heads, 8 representatives from parents association,3 representatives from the civil society groups and 2 education officers from the ministry of education and vocational training in Mara region in Tanzania

The participants are activity hooding group focused participatory meetings and awareness creative for the project with our institution taking a lead in ICT and cyber school resource’s mobilization. The institution has had series of pre-planned meeting with officials, teachers and sub-ordinate staffs, school children are constantly briefed about the impending project, arrangements for class room renovations are taking shape while ICT furniture and fittings is in progress in readiness for mass catch up ICT education and cyber school lessons for immediate take off, differential peer committee levels with well defined roles have been set up to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project. The organization is identifying ICT tools, internet tools and other needed resources and levels of personnel to take charge of training of our pupils.

The project implementation officials will hold focused and pre-planned meetings; will recruit project staffs i.e. project coordinator, ICT trainers, project accountant, project admin secretary; 2 project support assistants; project cyber café administrator and 3 cyber school assistants.

Impact
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

This year will see procurement of ICT fools stationers, training manuals furniture and fittings, internet facilities; recruitment of project staff i.e coordinator, accountant and IT trainers, cyber school administrators and support staffs; designing of policies, rules and regulations governing the project running; there will be pre-planned meetings for officials and staff: followed by organized quarterly seminars and workshops; there will be publicity, awareness and advocacy for the project launch using flyers, banners, brochures and posters so the public and community be informed about the project; enrollment of students/other trances and learning process to continue including organized practical’s and theory examinations and certificates issued after every three mouth: there will be two learning sessions i.e normal (from 8.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m ) and 5.00 p.m to 7.00 p.m) from Monday to Friday; while cyber school services and other series will be pronsed as from 7.00a.m to 10.00 p.m everyday; inclusive project stakeholders and reporter submitted to all parties; these will be annual project and it in order to ensure transparency

Success in Year 2:

The project marketing and publications will continue more aggressively in years 2 with new product range introduced; the latest Microsoft windows will also be introduced to students, trainees; there will be more research to students, trainees; there will be more research and development conducted by the project staffs in order to keep pace with innovations and diversified products for customers retention and new ones, satisfaction not withstanding; there will be increased enrollments of new students, trainees and additional customers attracted to diversified project services; will ensure attractive and affordable prices which are completive to all and second to non of our competitors; students will be offered free ICT education training while school leavers will be offered free stage 1 Microsoft office training packages but will pay fees as from stage 2; will introduce bonuses to customers; entry prize a ward competitions eligible to pupils and different prize awards to commercial customers. We will procure more desktop computers and laptop for education, training and cyber case use so as to student computer ratio; this will engrave quality access to ICT for students and to others; regular monitoring and evaluation and annual and it will be upheld; all these will be our success in year 2.

Success in Year 3:

The year will begin with review of the 1st two years project development using swot analysis; we will continue to enroll more pupils and other trainees; adopt new customer retention strategies while attracting new clients; we’ll continue with introduction of new product range; latest Microsoft windows also to put on offer; this year will see many pupils gaining excellent training of trainers skills and thus becoming peer ICT (TOTS) and used by the Institution as very resourceful persons; more entry competition price awards for pupils and customers will maintained; all will be winners in different categories this will entice our project beneficiaries; there will be more community support; more collaborating partners and networks invited thus helping strengthen our organization/project.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

We have both a business plan and strategic plan.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

The most important actions needed to grow our initiative will be ensure the following activities.
• Pre-planned meetings (officials)
• Seminars for officials and staffs (quarterly)
• Seminars for community leaders (quietly)
• Procurement of ITC tools, coevals
• Recruitment of ICT trainers and other staffs
• Advertising and social marketing of the Initiative
• Enrolling pupils, retaining and ensuring completion of studies; learning and examinations
• Daily monitoring and evaluation involving teachers, pupils and officials

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

More regular meeting and seminars to be up hold; ensuring all enrolled pupils have adequate ICT tools and learning materials; sponsoring trainers for further in-house training in order to continued offering quality services; more research and development activities to be up hold;
• Practical and theory lessons will be conducted weekly to all pupils
• Introduction of a one- stop – stop at the Cyber School will more instinctive more lively; this will be a 24 hour service with staffs waking in shifts.
• We will indent to attract more clients compounded with our new entrant diversified product range in the market is while maintaining market leadership.
• Mandatory annual and it to ensure.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

• Review of the activities of the 1st and 2nd step.
• Increased enrolment for pupils and to introduce ICT education that pays for itself.
• Pupils to be actively involved in training their peers that’s those who had been identified as (TOT’s), this will make other new pupils to learn faster.
• More pupils will also be used as peer cyber school administrators at the cyber café
• Enrollment of new local and international collaborating partners
• Ensure consistent and regular examinations to the pupils.
• Uphold mandatory crudités to help enhances greater accountability and transparently.
• Constant research and development to continue
• Release of newsletters for the schools highlighting the project activities and successes
• Develop web and hosting
• Introduce partnerships and networking

Describe the expected results of these actions.

The expected results of those actions are stated as hereunder
The poor needy orphans and vulnerable
➢ Pupils will have increased access to information communication technology education and training skills thus enhancing their digitally technological inclusiveness vis-à-vis increasing human nights for these marginalized population
➢ These children’s increased access to the cyber school services will help info we their global digital connectively thus enhances accelerated quality learning i.e e-learning; e-health recourses e-sports, e-children relevant in their sustainable child development and global knowledge sharing
➢ There will be increased institutions sustainability due to more diversified product range associated with ICT education and cyber school
➢ Increased community support through groups

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

. Our school administration some pupils had a one week tour to Kenya; to visit venin’s schools to see how fellow peer pupils learn; we visited 4 schools in 2 schools, we fund agricultural school enterprise introduced and pupils here themselves actively involved in groaning of tomatoes, vegetables and passions which they sell; these kids financed their education without compromising their quality learning. In the other 2 schools, we found school children learning computers and browsing the internet, the kinds were as small as 4 years, more interesting was the fact that these 2 schools were located in rural villages; the pupils in these schools share one computer for 20 pupils and it learning was going on with pupils very happy, we noticed these judging from their faces, questions and answers our pupils and teachers were lost for words; we could see sadness on the face of our poor pupils who felt something missing and or lost; on our return journey to Tanzania, many pupils asked us many questions then we could answer; this worked the beginning of our plans to start up this initiative; we commissioned a need assessment study lasting 21 days; prepared of business plan and a strategic plan.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

There is need to keep pace and to maintain relevance in the society we live. The globe has become rapidly trendy. Complex and intuitive, while population keeps growing daily, the resources a mind the population growth gets strained, depleted and scores; the environmental situation is even getting more challenging due to HIV/AIDS epidemic not sparing even school children, poor orphans and the like is the children across the globe is constantly subjected to neglect, Isolation child slavery, abuse and other forms of ills, malnutrition etc. Many helpless children have been denied access to quality education; excluded in the digital technology while also facing diverse forms of poverty and other economic injustice
➢ Our project envision a just and equitable society where the level ground for children irrespective of their social and economic status and background; to narrow the wide gap and to increase inclusiveness in the provision of qualitative and qualitative learning; we see our idea as the most relevant, appropriate, feasible and viable and the single innovator with multiplier benefits to this once forgotten population; the idea will help overcome all odds and create a level playing field all the pupils and other stakeholders if replicated to other schools in Tanzania

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

First heard about the change makers through the Tanzania representative

Sustainability
What would prevent your project from being a success?

If you fail to plan then you must plan to fall our project is founded on a carefully
thought out plan with set goals, mission, objectives strategies and measurable indicators; our project success is pegged around the following;
➢ Financial sustainability:
We levy fees to various customized trainer clients; charge fees for diversified product range i.e. business cards, posters, flyers secretarial services’; Internet braising services; while offer tree training to our students. The prices we charge are competitive, affordable and help increase our volume of sales thus posting expected surplus to father improve the financial base of the project
➢ Market and Research development
We adopt aggressive marketing; advertisement for our many production, adopt a customer retention strategy; offer law prices and maintain high quality ICT education and cyber café services so as to concavity increase volume of trade; more enrollments for trainees/pupils and new customers; new innovation to attract more customers; this boost our sustainability so we continue with our leadership

➢ Institution capacity building training
Organized in –house training and seminars to our officials, staffs and project staffs ensure guaranteed quality service delivery this will make sure mountain relevance and appropriateness .We will train school children on ICT technical aid to become peer ICT technical aid TOTs so that we maintain our local ICT technicians as school pupils, this will technically sustain our project
Community support and Partnerships.
We enjoy optimum support from the community due to our participatory approaches in initial project design planning and implementation; the communities see this project as their 5 they have vowed to support it to the later. We endeavor to increase national and global partnerships to help improve our sustainability base. We plan to establish Marshi Community ICT Schools Trust Fund, an independent entity which will draw her leadership within this community and will manage and lobby for ICT tools, will conduct research and development and will formulate policies for ICT for schools and petition various software providers to help improve access to ICT education for school children We however see poor economic performance by our government which may farce it to introduce taxation to ITC tools; this may make procurement of ICT for schools expensive; the new software vials may also success of our project

Financing source

No

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

1-5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, functional 12 members

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

Yes

The Story
Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Our organization is founded on the following principle tenets’, partnerships,
Networking, collaboration, volunteerism, equity among others. Our belief is that, together as one we stood, we build ourselves, streghten and maximize our diverse potentials. Partnership enhances increased sustainability, through shared experiences and efforts; there are needed resources beyond our means and through expanded partnerships, we are able to acquire these resources at a considerably faster and convenient means; so it is critically significant that we continue to build on partnership for continued accelerated sustainable development and to optimize our achievement

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001-10,000

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

30 employees, 25 volunteers

What is your organization's business classification?

For-profit

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.