Learning Transformation For High Schools


Maxim Nyansa believes that IT, and specifically the use of multi media and educational software, can make a change in the personal development of young African via the schools. Children love school, at least at first. That is where they make friends, play and begin to explore the world. Education is now reaching most African children. But when it comes to introducing students to digital literacy and a deep understanding of what they are learning, there is still room for improvement in most schools.

Supporting high school students with computers and software:

Maxim Nyansa is aiming to support students in high schools across West-Africa by providing them with much-needed IT infrastructure and educational software. To support high school students in their learning process, there are many excellent open source resources available on-line both for teachers and students. These materials can be of great help in improving the quality of education. For most schools, going on-line to work with this material is not an option. Maxim Nyansa therefore looks for the right infrastructural solution for every situation, at school and at home.

Maxim Nyansa delivers taylor made integrated solutions for the innovation of education in West-African schools:

This is our approach:

1.  We help schools to set up their IT labs. We will do this by assisting with the design and implementation of the infrastructure. We will also help them acquire the needed equipment for the lab through the Maxim Nyansa Foundation School Sponsorship Program.
2.  We offer digital educational material based on the schools curriculum. This will span from primary school through to the senior high school level. Currently we are focusing on the development for the Junior High School curriculum.
3.  We train teachers in digital literacy and help them use IT to make their job as a teacher more rewarding and less time-consuming.
4.  We provide IT training for all teachers of the various institutions on how to effectively use technology to improve the delivery of their lessons to capture the attention of children and also to make them understand the topics better.
5.  If necessary, we provide general IT training for the students as well. This will equip them with the much needed IT skills needed in the future.

Our products do not intend at all to replace the crucial teacher/student interaction in the classroom but to serve as a complementary resource to the current school system helping students in the active understanding and practical application of the subjects taught.

Our Approach

We are there to help schools to improve their teaching practices to prepare students for the 21st century. We understand that every school is at a different stage in this process, facing different challenges practically or financially.

A quick scan of the needs of schools:

In order to provide a school with the best solution for their needs, our IT and education experts will first offer to perform a quick scan of the current situation regarding the available infrastructure of the school, the availability of other infrastructure such as electricity and Internet services and the level of IT literacy of teachers and students. Based on this, Maxim Nyansa will develop a tailor made solution for that particular school, taking into account its financial situation in the planning of investments and training programs.

Fees and financial support:

We are an NGO registered under Ghanaian law as a non profit organization. We will charge our projects in high schools with moderate fees to cover our costs for local Maxim Nyansa staff. Our Maxim Nyansa Foundation is partnering with its partner organization in the Netherlands and is therefore capable of supporting some school projects financially where necessary. Together with our Dutch partners, we will try to find financial sponsorship for your school when necessary; first this will start in your own local community, and secondly from international sponsors. In particular, we regularly receive donations of second hand computers and smartboards, that we will offer for public or rural schools lacking the resources for such an investment.

Our staff knows education as well as IT:

We work with engineers who have been trained in computer science as well as education, with a practical experience as school teachers,too. In addition, all of them have followed a specialized training at our own Maxim Nyansa training center.

What do we offer?:

Maxim Nyansa believes that 21st century learning transformation is not a quick fix solution, but it deserves an integrated approach. In the past, many good projects have been carried out to introduce IT in schools in West-Africa. Many of them lacked impact because they were addressing a single issue.

Our integrated approach consists of 10 elements:

- Training of teachers in basic IT skills.
- Training in multimedia teaching practices.
- Training education innovation for 21st century skills including innovative approaches like EDUSCRUM.
Hardware and networking- installation and maintenance:
- Set up of IT desktop laboratory.
- Installation of other hardware like smartboards, projectors, ipads and laptops in class
- IT architecture and internet connectivity evt combined with on campus wifi and local servers
- Individual Learning Management Software (online or offline alternative)
- Open source digital educational content matched to the West-African curriculum
- School administration software
Specialized Consultancy and change management:
- Our consultants can advise you on the way to go in the coming years and the steps you can take.

An extensive presentation of our vision and the content of the 10 steps to learning tranformation can be downloaded Here.
Pilot College

To develop its products and services and test its concept, Maxim Nyansa has been carrying out pilot projects at a junior high school in Ghana in 2015 and 2016. We wanted to test our approach and find out what the impact of our innovation would be on the exam results of the students after several years.

Our pilot has been carried out at Virgo Preparatory school, a school combining kindergarten, primary school and junior high school. Virgo is a private school in the center of Accra with 400 students.

In 2013 we have started to introduce multimedia in science classes while at the same time engaging students in practical assignments to help them find a true understanding of the things they were learning in the science curriculum.

We completely refurbished the existing IT laboratory in the school, renovating and replacing old desktops. Now there is a fully funtioning IT lab and from the age of 6, children will be taking training in basic IT skills through a one hour class.

In general, 2 children will be working on one desktop, practicing skills like the use of Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, the school is confronted with frequent power cuts, and classes regularly need to be rescheduled for that reason.

In 2015, our assessment of the local situation at Virgo showed that the potential for the use of IT could be developed only when the teachers would be trained in basic IT skills.

After the usage of multimedia in the teaching and leaning process for three and half years in the school, the BECE results of students in both was 100% especially in the area of ICT and Integrated Science.

As a pilot, a training for teachers has been carried out. The pilot had the support of the school management but was voluntary.

My name is Elvis Kuudamnuru, I am 29 years old and I am teaching social science and moral and ethical classes at Virgo Preparatory Junior high school in Accra. Although I come from a teacher family from the north western region of Ghana, I had never planned to become a teacher.

My own educational career was quite varied. Some of it was in a simple “mud school” in the village of Nandom in the upper West Region where, as the youngest children, we had to lie on the sand in the classroom, as there was no furniture. We practiced reading and writing lying on our bellies! But some of my childhood and teenage years I spent with my aunt in a bigger town where the school had more facilities, books and tables.

Because of my good grades I made it to senior high school, and after that I had some training in accounting and various other courses, while also working in very practical jobs, like being the cashier in a drink shop. After moving to Accra and living with my uncle here, becoming a teacher actually was the chance for me to get a proper job. But what started as a necessity has now become a joy to me as I actually like it a lot to be a teacher….apart from the salary, which is really very low here in Ghana!

I have actually never used a computer, I just didn’t like it. But when I see our junior high students work with the desktops in this class I tell myself: “if they can do it at their age, I should be able to do it as well. After all, computers have the future”. So I really enjoy being in this training. And as I am currently sharing a house with someone who owns a computer, I am able to practice at home all things I have learned. I have even opened an email account that is running on my smartphone.