Likhakeng High School near Laribe, Lesotho, is a community/mission school that was initially established as a Baptist seminary, but had transformed into an academic institution that seeks holistic education for its students. The high school is under supervision of MOET (the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training).
The school is located in the heartland of a cluster of deprived villages in Likhakeng and as such naturally opens its doors to admit children from this community. Many of these children come from disadvantaged and poor backgrounds. Payment of school fees as well as acquiring basic school materials have been a serious challenge for the establishment. This seriously hampers attempts by the school to carry out improvements and renovations of its age old facilities. Being a boarding school also which caters for both boys and girls,the school gladly welcomes any assistance to improve and upgrade its infrastructure to create a convenient and congenial atmosphere for the children.
In August 2017, the school celebrated its 50th Anniversary since its establishment. On this occasion, the management and stakeholders of the school reaffirmed their commitment to transform the school into an institution that not only pursues academic courses only for its learners but also equips them with skills and technologies of the modern era to enable learners to become responsible, innovative and marketable citizens upon completion of their studies.
Education Pilot Overview
In Phase I of an eNeighborhood education implementation, we are setting out to locate a small number of schools to implement our education package in each of the countries with which we are working. These pilots are intended to:
- Make sure we have a clear set of localizations – this step involves translations of the user interface labels and directives and making sure that any local code values are correctly mapped to a common, standard set;
- Illustrate how the solution can effectively enhance student academic progress and
- Provide current cost data for running a school system with respect to local data access rates, transportation, and other logistics
An ideal candidate for such a pilot will:
- Currently have little or no computer technical capabilities – typically, one of the teachers maintains any technology in his or her spare time
- Be a junior or senior secondary school with 200 students or more
Education Pilot Facilities
This pilot will consist of hardware (computer, networking and solar energy), software and support services.
- Identity Management – if there is no national ID system in place, we have access to a product can be used to assign and manage ID numbers for students, staff, schools, assessments and any other item that requires unique identifiers.
- Online Education – this application combines student administration and online learning optimized for delivery to remote areas where the ability to manage IT equipment is limited, landline Internet services is not available, and the cost of wireless 3G/4G is very expensive.
- Student and class management for keeping track of students, classes, attendance, test and semester grades, etc.
- Classroom sharing – using closed-circuit videoconferencing, schools that are missing teachers for certain subjects (teacher shortages in remote areas) such as advanced science, computer programming and foreign languages can electronically share a classroom with another school who has such a teacher.
- An online library of eBooks, optimized for use in remote areas