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.
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.
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?:
Our integrated approach consists of 10 elements:Training: