|The students brush their teeth in the lagoon before school!|
As a former dental hygienist, it was a lovely sight to see.
They all have great smiles with white teeth beaming out
of those dark faces. Beautiful!
|Even Angry Bird has made it to the outer|
islands! Love the little ones~
|This is the school. It is quite large. Note the gutters falling |
off. Dennis worked with the men to repair this and catch
rain water so there will be safe drinking water for the kids.
The biggest challenge with the computer was that no one here has ever used one! I would be teaching Vincent and Mr. Bill how to create documents and save and print them. They will only get the basics since I will only have a few days of training before we leave again.
|Headmaster Mr. Bill addressing the boys before the Children's|
Day Event began. The students marched around the perimeter
of the football field singing a song that tells parents how
important their education is and send them to school.
We all learned keyboarding in junior high, but they have never used a typewriter so it will be a “hunt and peck” approach. I am concerned about them totally messing up the programs by getting into areas they shouldn’t. Hopefully, other yachties will be able to straight things out if they do.Once we got back to the island, I learned that the machine Mr. Bill calls a copier is actually a great Brother Laser Printer! That is wonderful since I only purchased an inkjet and the ink will smear in this humid salt air environment. I will return that printer and ink and send them more laser cartridges on Big Sista!
|I love this school bell. We heard its nice|
ring several times a day at anchor.
|In this culture, there is a separation of the sexes: the women |
sit together or on one side of the church and the men sit
together or on the other side. The students were divided, too.
It has been fun watching both of the men work on the computer. Frustration and elation! Not much in between. Mr. Bill is extremely motivated to learn and is quick at catching on. He came onboard with things he wanted to create so it was easier teaching him with his own materials. We have set up a number of Master Documents so he doesn’t have to recreate them each time.
Vincent is a church leader and wanted to create several types of documents. He did not spend as much time with me due to his involvement with Dennis and the rebuilding projects, so I created a set of Master Documents for his needs.
I have tried to document each step so they will have a tutorial when I leave. Our thought was that if two of them were trained, together they might remember most of it! They seemed a little uncertain and requested one last review before we left.
|Passing out our gifts to the school children. Everyone |
received several small items: pencils, deck of cards, toys, etc.
|Written in Bislama. the spelling is not the what we expect.|
|Purchasing school books in Port Vila.|
|The school served us lunch and Dr. Elizabeth and |
Martin joined us. They all watch us eat and then they eat.
The books will be shipped on Big Sista so they should have text books for the new term. Even with what we purchased, the students will have to share, but it is better than what they had. When Mr. Bill was working on the budget report on the computer, I noted that the government grant for the year was less than $7,000 USD TOTAL. Compared to what we spend per pupil in Michigan, it is amazing that they can even run a school!
We both believe strongly in education and feel we are making
an investment in the future of this island by donating the things they need.
Some of these children will go off to upper level school on other island and
hopefully will be the leaders of the future.
|Daily computer training onboard S/V Trillium|