Imagine you're a teacher at a school with 700 students, your class numbers 100 students – and you only have two computers without internet connection. This is the situation Moliehi Sekese and her colleagues face daily. But they make the most of the resources they have, because they know that education is the key to a better future.
Teacher Moliehi Sekese from Lesotho in Bergen, Norway.
Moliehi teaches English and science at Mamoeketsi Primary School in Lesotho – a small, low-income enclave completely surrounded by South Africa. In Lesotho, a country of 2 million people, about 40% of the population live below the international poverty line. According to UNAIDS, an estimated 24% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS, (the third highest per population percentage in the world). However, an estimated 85% of the population over the age of 15 is literate. As such, Lesotho boasts one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, in part because Lesotho invests over 12% of its GDP in education.
Faith in technology despite few resources
Moliehi Sekese won the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum's Educator's Choice award in 2009 for a school project about indigenous plants. She visited the itslearning user conference in 2011.
You can also read what Ann Michaelsen's students wrote about her in the article International guest visits our International English class.
At Mamoeketsi Primary School, the teacher is the only source of information for students, because text books, and even desks and chairs, are scarce. In fact, until recently, there was no electricity at the school, and Moliehi had to charge the laptops from home.
She was invited to the itslearning user conference in Bergen, Norway, in April. Here the teacher from one of the poorest countries of the world made a lasting impression on the teachers from one of the richest countries of the world.
Despite of having only two laptops available, Moliehi expressed strong faith in ICT in school. "I believe the use of technology creates better and more motivated students," she said. "Now we have two computers and electricity in my school – things we never dreamed of before. Now we can use them to the benefit of the children."
Help raising funds for Moliehi's school
The Norwegian teacher Ann Michaelsen met Moliehi Sekese at the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum Award. Ann and Moliehi stayed in contact and now Ann is gathering funds so Mamoeketsi Primary School can buy more computers, mobile phones and get an internet connection. If you want to contribute, please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on May 25, 2011
by Øyvind Flatnes