Waveplace is about to board the plane for their fifth trip to Haiti.
Waveplace basically does three things: train new mentors, support laptop projects, and create courseware. Nearly all of our time is spent on the first two, mostly because those are the easiest tasks to fundraise for. Courseware always seems to be an “also ran”, mostly due to lack of time & money.
The courseware we’ve created has either been self-funded or done by volunteers. The volunteer work tends to be infrequent and unfocused, without much connection to teaching in actual classrooms in the field. This was one of the central insights from our last St John workshop. The courseware we created while working with the kids was considerably better than courseware created back at home. There’s just no substitute for trying things out directly with the children who will be using it.
And then, the announcement of the new country director:
One Laptop per Child
Direktè Peyi, Ayiti
Directeur Pays, Haïti
Country Director, Haiti
And then a video produced to mark OLPC Australia’s second anniversary: