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SWAY4Edu2 is a spin-off of Sway4edu (click HERE to be re-directed to the Sway4edu project web-page) and it aims at pursuing the following objectives:
The project implementation requires a very active and committed involvement of all local partners and stakeholders, who have to take the ownership of all the activities required on their side.
This key-issue is mitigated by the selection of highly motivated end-users, local ICT trainers and by the development of the Outcomes Assessment System, which will allow the European consortium and the local stakeholders to easily and quickly monitor the user participation over time and against possible technical impediments. This will also allow to take prompt and effective countermeasures against non-satisfactory utilisation patterns.
As similarly done within the Sway4edu project activities, via the Openet Training Platform, Openet aims at aggregating additional typologies of capacity building activities in order to consolidate its position as service provider in the African continent.
The project activities were kicked-off in February 2014.
The consolidation of the user needs, user requirements and system requirements is planned within June 2014, followed in July/August 2014 by the installation activities and the kick-off of the 12 months pilot stage.
The pilot activities with the 12 rural schools in South Africa are still progressing with good results, both in terms of technical reliability (which is virtually 100% of the time) of the installed devices and utilization of the system by the teachers and students.
On 17Jun2015 a launch event took place at Babati school (one of the pilot school) where teachers from all pilot schools, Singita managers, the Minister of Education of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, other stakeholders and ESA participated. During the event, two live videoconferences have been successfully established between Babati school and respectively Tricarico school in Basilicata region in Italy and ESA-ESTEC. The former formally launched the twining activities between the South African and Italian schools about language and cultural topics, while the latter provide a brief live lecture about ROSETTA in front of the asteroid mock-up in ESA-ESTEC. The Minister of Education expressed her high appreciation for the overall results of the project activities and officially embraced them recommending to equip additional 7 schools to cover all the primary schools of the “circuit”. The Consortium and ESA are assessing its feasibility (e.g. via a CCN) in return of the willingness of the Minister to bear the costs of Internet connectivity to keep the 19 schools connected after the end of the ESA project.
The installation in the school of Basilicata have been completed and the pilot activities will be officially kicked-off in September 2015 with the start of the academic school year.
Regarding the activities for the Rural Radios in DRC, 20 Terminals have been shipped from Europe and they are now being cleared at customs. Installations are expected to be completed in August 2015, shortly followed by the kick-off of the pilot activities.