This year I returned with a gift of 5 Raspberry Pi's from the Coderdojo Foundation. The teachers were amazed and delighted with the gift and have great plans for their use. The possibilities are endless, especially with all the support materials available on the Coderdojo website.
Debrabant Secondary school is known as a very innovative school in Dar es Salaam. With 80 computers for use by the students, it is giving the students a great advantage preparing for their state exams. The school already participates in Young Scientist Tanzania and these Raspberry Pi computers might be incorporated in a project in the future!
Since then Rodney has taken a job in the bank but his wife Irene has taken over as the full-time computer teacher. Rodney still maintains a huge interest and participated in the Train the Trainer sessions with Africa Code Week in June. He also takes some pupils in his spare time to do some further work on coding with them-basically hosting an unofficial Coderdojo! Some of the COBET pupils also took part in the Africa Code week training sessions in June.
He took a morning off work to catch up with me and was delighted with my plan of registering COBET as the second Coderdojo in Tanzania. We registered it in it's Swahili name MEMKWA and Rodney is the proud champion.
- Coderdojo Foundation website: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/09/12/tanzanias-first-dojo/
- Journal.ie Irish News Website: http://www.thejournal.ie/coderdojo-fifth-birthday-2980639-Sep2016/
- My account of summer 2016: www.folens.ie/content/eilis-treacy
- Irish Primary Teachers Magazine p.50/51: http://www.into.ie/ROI/Publications/InTouch/2017/April2017/InTouch_April2017.pdf