With Hon. Calistus Mwatella and KIE Folks

I never knew I would meet and rub shoulders with such key and high members of the Kenya Education sector so soon. I mean I had just completed my undregrad barely a month ago Infact, I was still 6 months way from graduation? Yet here I was sitted at the KIE (Kenya Education Institute) boardroom, netbok in hand, projector on the table and XO on my Lap. Phew, I was all set to deliver a presentation. Shaking and panicky as usual….

Squeezed in between Assistant Minister for Education, Hon Calistus Mwatella ( 2nd right) and the top bras for KIE.

Squeezed in between Assistant Minister for Education, Hon Calistus Juma ( 2nd right) and the top brass for KIE.

I am trying to compose myself, to be myself, to speak myslef. Am excited. Am so happy. Am over the roof. Well if you think its because am in the presence of the Minister for education, well you are damn wrong. I aa about to make a life changing speech on the role of ICT in out primary schools? And I have all the justification and demo of the XO laptop . And I have my best friend and evangelist, Chris Kakoba, flanked by our supportive and instrumental power lady, Sandra Thaxter. As we start our discussions, highlighting to this top brass of education in Kenya what we have been doing, how and the results, one cant help but see the suprise in them. Not because they are marveled by what we have been doing, but because at how easy we make it seem and how we have managed to do that out of our own pockets and well, we are all amateurs in the education sector in Kenya, young, busy with our schedules and plus we probably have fullt ime jobs? 9Well am jobless at that time ) and Chris is a Full Time Hustler šŸ™‚

Well, let me cut short this post, we got the attention fo the Education brass, got a followup meeting with the LIE folks with directives from the minister and then we posed for the pics and we all lef very happy, very encouraged and feeling ready to bring the change to our education. We both went to the bus stage and we both took our matatus to our respective hoods. I bid farewell as my bus no. 45 blast with latest Bubble gum riddim as it took me to my hood (then), Mathare.

Watch out for what hapepned next šŸ™‚

OLPC XO Resource’s: How Chris Saved the Day

As I prepare to get my 1st XO site up and running at this remote and tiny location Ā Village where I grew up and schooled Partially. The pressure is mounting and I felĀ overwhelmedĀ yetĀ embarrassedĀ at the same time. The 1st batch of the 6XO’s I was awarded of 4 XO;s hav been lying idle in my house. AfterĀ configuringĀ and adding some few moreĀ ActivitiesĀ (Read Apps šŸ™‚ ). I have finallyĀ managedĀ to Convince a cousin of mine to volunteer to this nobleĀ course. She has agreed to be a volunteer Teacher for my Site.Ā After all, she always wanted to study and teach computers Ā and she getting started at the University.

I am however worried if she will getĀ acquaintedĀ with the XO environment and teaching. So I draft a few emails and do a few Google Serachs fr any usefulĀ TeachingĀ Aid’s for XO’s. I Cant find any withĀ localĀ relevance. I am getting frustrated, frustrated as I know that I will have to do all the Training manual again. arrrgggg, this sucks….

However, in the midst of myĀ Frustrations, my Good friend Chris calls and he tells me he has some nice Manual he developed. I am excited. I am happy. Knowing Chris for theĀ brilliant youngĀ man he is, It isĀ welcomeĀ relief as I am pretty sure the kind of Materials he developed are quality work. i know my site ill get started now. I am relieved even more when he agrees for me to share some of it. I Particularly find this one very useful. So anyone looking for an XO teaching aid, especially for XO in Kenya, here are the links:

1. Guide to OPLC and XO in Kenya

The Joy and Fun of Graduating

I can now sigh with relief.The past 2days have been graduation days.Damn graduation!The hell we have to endure in the name of graduation!ehemm!I have been in campus for a long time,believe me when I say long its long…so far I have witnessed 5graduation ceremonies!–thats for another day….As i was saying,I hate and loothe graduation days as much as I love the comic and comedy they bring.
First we have to endure and live bila network for the entire graduation days!Can you imagine campus bila network?Imagine no facebook,no sms,yaani literally no gossip!its like you have been thrown into the dark ages.As if that’s not enough,they have to totally disrupt my “normal campus life”.That means I have to walk around with my campus ID!ukoloni kabisa…all the messes have been “messed” up.In pretext,wameweka blinders na kutandika meza!Crap.and worse they have restricted my entry into the mess,eti its been rersevedto the gusts!Painfully and sadly I have to dig dipper into my pocket to eat.I am used to eating 22 Beans,a a cheap and energetic meal that comprises Ugali@5bob,Beans@12bob and Highly Boiled Skuma or Cabbage for my constipation @5bob!whwre else to you eat such?Outside I will have to part with at-least 30bob yet hata sita shiba hata nusu ka mess…that’s my biggest reason for hating this damned graduation.

The other reason why I hate this graduation is that I had not called Cindy-my chips funga-to ask her to come we watch movies all day long.Since its an early weekend and its about that time of the semester where we all eat like Chicken,I cannot afford to take her partying.Am dry!And the movie is just an excuse to get her to my room!oh eti room,this is just a prison cubicle.The only sweet thing about is that I have freedom;freedom to bring anyone in and do as I please.My room mate has gone home and its just that perfect time to have the room to myself…damned the network.All my texts have all bounced nd my calls cant get through…i guess Vaseline will just have to do it.After all si “tunapenda vaseline”?I mean the hit song? šŸ™‚

Now to the comic!Feeling disappointinted.,I wander around campus to see the old and young folks who have come all the way to celebrate the degree of their son and daughter!I cannot stop to smile seeing how elegantly the chicks are dreesed to kill ti impress on the campus boys!uhmmm,lipsticsk shining on their lips,some spluttered on their necks.Face shining,full of Kimbo i guess…the boys are not left out!Sahara and Timberlake original sub-standard boots abound.With the 50Cent adorned caps and timber shoes,they walk majestically around campus.They are out to hunt,i pity them.Dogy ziko kila place.Crumbs and steaks are allover.and business is good too.Looks like Ngara has been moved to Campus..anything you want from flowre,cards,instant photos to even “barafu” yaani the village ice-cream…wololo..hata steel wool.I wonder what one may need a it for!As i stroll in campus,i forget all my woes as i get entertained by all the drama of the graduation.I cant wait for it next year….

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