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Express Computer India: Ten Lessons From a Goan Classroom

Mar 01, 2004, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"It sounds easy. But in reality this is as difficult a task as they come. Some of us, qualified in the subject or just sharing in the enthusiasm, have been dreaming about it for the past few years. But real-life dreams take time to sprout wings.

"There was a time when Goa schools didn't have computer labs, the government had no plans for giving PCs to students, and there were still doubts whether IT had any role to play in education.

"Much water has flowed down the Mandovi since then. The computers-in-school project started more or less simultaneously in some fertile imaginations sometime in the mid-nineties. It got its impetus from global expat Goan networks in cyberspace. Then more people got involved in the dream. British tourist Dave Futers and teacher Jude Miranda went about supporting SFX Girls at Mapusa. Emmanuel D'Silva of the World Bank helped the Bal Bharati in Ribandar and worked on a sponsored study to understand the issues involved. Alumni of St Britto's managed to get a lone computer for that school. Ashley Delaney, Tom Fernandes of Germany, Anit Saxena, Sangeeta Naik, Shruti Parathasarthy and several others worked or volunteered on the project..."

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