We are delighted to announce our latest CSR partnership with the fantastic Property Technology Ltd! They will be helping us fundraise by donating £1 per month for every customer they have. Sam Zawadzki is the CEO of Property Technology Ltd and believes that supporting education through technology is probably the most effective form of aid that can be given to developing nations.
Apply.property is a start up company, but Sam has great ambitions for the growth of the company and for the impact their donations to the Turing Trust will have in supporting education in Africa. You can read more about Sam’s vision and commitment in his blog.
We are delighted that a blog about the Turing Trust has been published in the Huffington post. James Turing explains how Alan Turing’s legacy and a chance conversation with a University of Edinburgh IT manager when he was starting his undergraduate degree inspired him to work to equip rural schools in Africa with computers. The amazing support from the University of Edinburgh has allowed him to combine his studies with growing and developing the Turing Trust. This great partnership continues as James studies the circular economy at the bottom of the pyramid for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science and the Business School.
These photos show the computer lab at Afoako ICCES – under construction in 2013 and now a fully functioning computer lab in a smart new building that was opened in 2015. This was used recently for a training day for centre managers and ICT instructors from the Ashanti region.
There is still plenty to do. If you are interested in helping us set up computer labs in more schools and ICCES you can find more information here.
During a recent visit to Ghana, Edmund Pinto and Nicola Turing ran training days for 65 Centre Managers and ICT teachers from the Volta region, Greater Accra and the Ashanti region. The days covered topics including what we could learn from the organisation and management of schools internationally and in particular, from those institutions that Eddie was able to visit in the UK. This was then linked to a session on data collection to facilitate monitoring of students throughout their course and to improve understanding of their students and hence improve outcomes. This was aligned with a requirement for improved data collection that now needs to be submitted nationally. The afternoon was dedicated to the ongoing development of the resources provided on Turing Trust computers, including the use of RACHEL and work to develop a learning management system using Moodle. This session generated a lot of interest on all 3 training days as delegates realised that this would enable them to use computers for so much more than teaching ICT.
You can read more about the Turing Trust trip to Ghana in our newsletter.
The Turing Trust team were privileged to be invited to visit ASA, a specialist science and maths “Sixth Form” college for girls from the African continent. It was founded by the African Gifted Foundation and its students will take Cambridge International A levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics in 1 year. However, the college is about much more than just academic achievement and offers a wide range of activities including a speaker programme. It was therefore entirely appropriate that Nicola Turing gave a talk about Alan Turing and his role in early computing and introduced the students and their teachers to the work and aspirations of the Turing Trust. We look forward to hearing about the success of this first intake of students – although they only started their studies in August 2016, they have already taken their AS exams.
Many thanks to Michael and the magnificent team of volunteers from Skyscanner who spent a day helping the Turing Trust get ready for their next shipment. They worked like Trojans and achieved far more than we had thought possible in the time available. The first task of the day was to test and pack monitors (along with keyboards, cables and mice) ready for shipping.
And it proved to be fun!
And it wasn’t just monitors that were tested and packed. The team were so efficient that there was also time to refurbish some PCs and help with paperwork as well!
What a great team – thank you so much to all those involved. We really enjoyed having you around – a fantastic day.
And there was LITE! Administrate put together and ran a fantastic conference at the Roxy Assembly, Edinburgh. The Turing Trust was proud to be part of this and privileged to hear some great talks and meet so many interesting people. You can read more about the conference here.
Edmund (Eddie) Pinto (The Turing Trust Country Director, Ghana) was there talking about the work of the Turing Trust in Ghana both on and off stage.
We were also delighted to have Andrew Clark and Shanti Bhardwa demonstrating RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) delivered by a Raspberry Pi. Delegates were able to view RACHEL content on their phones by accessing the RPi wireless network.
Thank you so much to the great team at Administrate and to all those who visited our stand to hear more about the work of the Turing Trust and to get involved.
Our first container to Malawi has shipped! After many months of hard work by volunteers collecting, wiping and restoring computers, Saturday 3rd September was shipping day. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who packed the container to the brim with computers, monitors, keyboards, mice and cables and everything needed in Malawi to enable the construction of our pilot “SolarBerry”. Great team spirit and helped by the “IT” barbecue.
It was a fantastic effort and even the weather was on our side, with the rain holding off until after all had been safely loaded. Quite a transformation from the empty container to Andrew Clark making it all secure.
We look forward to doing this all again in a couple of months! A huge thanks to all those who have made this possible.
The good news is that we are now well on our way to being able to send a shipment to Ghana and a second shipment to Malawi by the end of this year. But there is always more to do, so please keep those donations coming!
The Turing Trust team spent 2 amazing days at Turing Festival. We are so grateful to Brian, Lauren and Marcus for looking after us so well and for inviting the Turing Trust to be the official Turing festival charity partner. There was a real buzz about the festival and we were delighted to meet so many like-minded people who showed a real interest in what we are doing.
Dermot Turing gave a lunchtime talk “Alan Turing: Machinery and Thought”. His talk focused on Alan’s post war work in early computing and the perennial question about whether you can say that computers actually ‘think’.
Turing festival also gave us the opportunity to showcase the work of the Turing Trust. Nicola Turing presented our work to conference delegates, generating support and stimulating interest in the Turing Trust “SolarBerry” – our off-grid computer laboratory, using solar energy to power energy efficient Raspberry Pis in an up-cycled shipping container.
You can read more about the Turing Trust at Turing Festival here.
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