"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..."