Putting a library in a child’s hands
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Yellobric has now embarked upon a new stage in its genesis. Thanks to the The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust we have been able to launch a five year programme in one of South Africa’s poorest regions, Mpumalanga. In 2011 the region had an unemployment rate of over 30% and only around 70% of population between 5 and 24 attended school. Gavin Paterson, Rosemary Dally and Peter McCallum visited Bondzeni High School in Bushbuckridge for two weeks in October as a per-cursor to Yellobric’s largest and most ambitious project thus far.
The team spend there time training teachers and then students with the support of the Good Work Foundation’s Digital Learning Centre. The initial year of the programme, which starts officially in January 2014, will see Grade 10 at the school using digital media in English and Geography as an integral part of their learning. This is a step forward form using digital content for referencing as a library. In this project digital content (on 100 devices) will be integrated directly into teaching as a primary resource with the express aim of boosting literacy. Local educator Frances Hyson will be carrying out regular monitoring and evaluation throughout the year.
This is the culmination of many hours of hard work and support, a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers, donors and school staff! Watch this space for further developments.
We’ve teamed up with the London Chessboxing Organization to bring you The Yellobric Chessboxing Ball! It’s the ultimate battle of brain and brawn and you can be part of it. Join the sharpest minds and fittest bodies in the City to compete over 7 rounds of combined speed-chess and boxing. You and your guests will marvel at colleagues and rivals as they go head to head in this most inimitable of events. If you think you have what it takes or you know someone who does, get in touch with us and sign up here…
Chess Boxing was brought to life in 2001 by Dutch graphic novelist Lepe Rubingh. The original idea of the sport actually came from cartoonist, Enki Bilal.
The first World Championship of Chess Boxing was held in 2003 in Amsterdam, and is now part of the World Chess Boxing Organization whose motto is “Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board.” Oh, they are so clever! Read more here…
YELLOBRIC FEATURED IN GUARDIAN PODCAST.
The opportunity for technology to be a force for innovation, education and change in the developing world has been widely acknowledged, with digital tools now recognised for their positive effects on children’s lives across the globe.
However, it’s vital that organisations providing these tools ensure that the right type of product, be it a laptop, tablet or mobile, reaches the right communities with the infrastructure to maintain it – and that they are able to provide support to ensure that the benefits brought about by the technology are sustainable.
The podcast features Christopher Fabian, co-lead of innovation at UNICEF; Gavin Paterson, managing director at yellobric; Renee Wittemyer, head of social impact at Intel; and Giulia D’Amico, vice president of business development at One Laptop Per Child.
Download the podcast here…
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