Today I visited the George Mhaule Primary School in Mpumalanga outside of the Kruger National Park. The school is one of 13 schools sponsored/supported by the Nkambei Safari Camp (www.nkambeni.com) which provides jobs and skills training to local villagers. Its General Director and part owner, Chris Schalkwyk, is a former school teacher. He and his wife (also a retired school teacher) are very dedicated to providing education to the children in the area, and are actively working to improve them. He has heard of Rachel but has never seen a copy.
I was on a tourist excursion run by Grand Circle Travel, Boston, MA, to South Africa. The school receives needed funding assistance from the non-profit Grand Circle Foundation in Boston.
The George Mhaule Primary School is a very basic structure. Their classrooms were built in the late 1990’s with chalk and white boards. Recently, a well was dug and new bathrooms were constructed. The school office has internet and a local office Wifi with 2 laptop computers. None of he 640 students (from pre-school age to the 14 year olds in 7th grade) have their own computer or SMART Phone. The school hope to get computers some day again thru a grant from the Grand Circle Foundation, but there is no completion date to that.
Since Mr. Schalkwyk has ties with 13 schools in the area with similar conditions, it made more sense to give him the 32 GB Rachel English Version on a USB Flash Drive instead of a Rachelpi. I advised him of the virus issues surrounding the flash drive, and told him to install Rachel on each computer individually, and guard the original device (which regrettably did not have a write-protection switch).
I told Mr. Schalkwyk there are a number of other Rachel installations in South Africa and many more to the north. I was not familiar with World Possible’s African ground resources, but told him I would try to get him some contacts to work with. His phone is +27 (0) 82 829 9021 and his E Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org