Siwandeti Computer Centre.
An initiative of Terrawatu

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Serving Olchoki and Natema Primary Schools, Ngateu Secondary School and the community of Siwandeti.

P.O. Box 2652, Arusha, Tanzania
Telephone:  +255 744 312202, +255 744 693826
info@terrawatu.org
www.terrawatu.org
Contact persons: Dr. Tanya Pergola, Lekoko Ole Sululu



History

The 32-desktop internet capable Siwandeti Computer Center was installed in the village as part of a year-long project entitled “Linking Lands: A Partnership between Seattle and Tanzania” (2003).  The World IT Aid Group (WITAG) of Denmark provided the refurbished desktops, with shipping paid for by DANIDA.  USAID provided the funds for remodelling the lab, internet connectivity, networking, and initial computer teacher training.  Microsoft South Africa donated the software used at the centre. 
Terrawatu’s partner in Seattle is the World Affairs Council (www.world-affairs.org).

The first set of advanced primary school students have been trained at the centre and Terrawatu - the NGO managing the project – is working with Arumeru School District to manage on-going computer classes and communication between students and teachers in Seattle. 
 

Current Status

The partners in this initiative view this as a model project that is using ICT to improve educational opportunities in a developing nation.  We are currently seeking on-going support to maintain the computer center and welcome interested individuals and organizations willing to learn more about our model and how to replicate it in other communities.  We are grateful for Arusha Node Marie/Elimu On-line for their support for this internet connection “in the bush”.