CHILDREN organize, plan and teach teachers and other community members for Rwanda’s first ever Scratch event, just one of two events for all of Africa, using their XO laptops as part of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program.
May 21, 2011 Kigali
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) has organized a community event, with over 136 participants, in which children from schools with XO laptops, held workshops to introduce teachers, other children and community members how to use Scratch, an interactive programming activity that comes loaded on XO laptops in Rwanda.
Scratch is a programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with help of Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google. It is basic programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations. Scratch Day is a worldwide network of gatherings, where people come together to meet other Scratchers, share projects and experiences, and learn more Scratch.
This year 125 events have been organized in 36 countries. Rwanda is one of just two participating countries in Africa.
The event was held in Kacyiru at OLPC-Rwanda offices in both a morning and afternoon session. In addition to the workshops, students showed off their projects they created in Scratch around three academic themes: science, social studies and English, in a guided exposition format. The children running this workshop are from EPAK (Kimihurura), Nonko (Kanombe), and ESCAF (Nyamirambo) primary schools.
The purpose of this event was to show the true potential that children have to lead and develop their skills and confidence using their XO laptops. This is one of the first examples of children completely leading a workshop using technology and just the first of many examples that the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project will put forth to the community to begin to encourage the upcoming generation of Rwandan students to become empowered through the use of technology in their education.
This event is soon going to be expended countrywide. The Ministry of Education is excited to share information from this day to ensure that knowledge spreads around the country, to all schools that received XO laptops.
You can find the projects developed by children on the Scratch Website http://scratch.mit.edu/users/ScratchDayRwanda
One Laptop per Child-Rwanda
Desire Rwagaju, Learning Development Officer