Corbett Prep Computers Create Computer Lab at a Uganda School
A donation of 21 laptops established a computer lab at a school in Africa to benefit students and community members.
May 22, 2014 (TAMPA, Fla.) –Students, teachers and community members in Uganda now have increased opportunities for education, thanks to a donation from Corbett Prep that helped establish a computer lab at an African school for orphans.
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS shipped 21 gently used laptops earlier this year to the KAASO School in Kyotera, Uganda, with help from the National Educator Program (NEP) and local Rotary clubs. NEP has been involved with the KAASO school to support professional development for its teachers, and computer access plays a critical role.
The donation touched staff and students at the school, which primarily serves orphans of HIV parents, said Dominic Mukwaya, KAASO project director and headmaster. “The children and teachers were so impressed by your kindness,” he wrote in an e-mail to Corbett Prep.
The computer lab will help improve the quality of teaching, expand students’ skills and benefit the community at large. It serves the 423 KAASO students, staff of 36 and an 84-member community empowerment group.
Corbett Prep and the KAASO school came together first at the NEP International Leadership Fellows Institute in Pasco County. Mukwaya met Corbett Prep Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman while attending the conference. He had been working closely with NEP on teacher development and establishing a career academy at his school, projects that required computer access.
NEP Executive Director Mark Thompson said his organization uses Skype to work with teachers in Afghanistan and wanted technology in place to help NEP do the same in Uganda. Computers also could connect Uganda students to NEP-affiliated schools worldwide, he said.
Corbett Prep, meanwhile, was upgrading its technology and was glad to find a positive use for the computers it was replacing. The laptops have an added benefit in that they draw less power than desktop computers, and electricity is scarce in Uganda, Thompson said.
Tampa-area Rotary Clubs, NEP and Corbett Prep each contributed toward the $3,300 shipping costs.
Corbett Prep’s relationship with NEP has opened up other opportunities for its Tampa students to form global connections through community service. In the fall, Corbett Prep students raised more than $4,300 for an NEP effort to improve education for girls in Afghanistan through the Project New Hope Challenge. Corbett Prep raised the most money of all the schools nationally that participated in the challenge.