Between 2007 and 2008, computer labs were installed at several schools around Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall on the Wild Coast of South Africa:
Sponsored by Coza Cares (the .co.za registrars in South Africa) and the ISPA (Internet Service Providers Association), and installed by the non-profit organization, Netday; each lab comprises 20 networked PCs running as thin-clients, a Linux based Server, and a laser printer.
Rotary International sponsored a WiFi based Wide Area Network (WAN) which has been established to link the schools for shared internet access and to access server which has been configured with Meraka Institute's (CSIR) Digital Doorway software (http://www.meraka.org.za/digitalDoorway.htm). This gives students and teachers access to email and a blogging platform (Drupal and Moodle have both been installed and configured) as well as an off-line Wikipedia encyclopedia, most relevant content from The Gutenburg Library project, plus a host of other educational software resources.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -Dale Carnegie
One Laptop Per Child
The project currently has 2 development XO laptops to circulate amongst the schools for project work; and it is our fond hope that, with the server resources and support of an active Volunteer network, that we will be able to raise funds or be sponsored as a full-scale pilot site for OLPC.
The remarkable XO laptops are perfectly suited to this rural environment, and the new generation XO-2 is going to be even better.