The First Steps
In 2015 Angola is living his 13th year of peace after the civil war. Educationally, it was found that during the war period the Angolan education system had deep failings in its fundamental principles, so that was implemented an educational reform aimed at ensuring equal access to school opportunities, continuing education, the creation of qualified labor force and the quantity and quality of infrastructure and teachers needed. In this context of educational reorganization is that the Kamba Dyami Project welcomed of the, One-Laptop-Per-Child Project initiative, launched by Nicholas Negroponte, which was developing in many countries worldwide. This project would have to be innovative to the Angolan schools since it would give the opportunity to many students to approach the new educational technologies, fostering a closer relationship with the current educational world. Moreover, the project was applied on the outskirts of the capital city where the disadvantaged context of students have access to quality education through small computers XO.
AIF foundation was owner of the pilot project initiative in two schools of the Salesians of Don Bosco institution in the city of Luanda. The project was implemented in the academic year 2010/2011, with the partnership of the two entities.
Don Bosco was chosen by AIF, because of its suitability criteria that would allow the development of the project. School accepted the proposal and the challenge, because it would be of great support in improving the educational quality of students. During the year 2012, the Don Bosco School took over the project in full, passing the AIF to play the role of financier, while closely monitoring all the advances of the same.
Origin of the projects name
When presented officially the project in 2011, it was given the name by which the XO was called. The same students said that for them, the small computer would be like a new friend, and teachers suggested that the best way to call the computer would be one in of the national languages. Angola has many national tongues of which stand out Kimbundu, Umbundo, Kikongo, Côkwe among others. That is how the XO computer was recognized as "Kamba Dyami" (Kimbundo, translated into English it means "My Friend"). That's how the project has got its name.
The project was presented to teachers and students. Although, it is a new and innovative tool, it has also been challenging, because this has been a little tool used by them.
Considering the difficulties faced during the experience period by the students and teachers were held workshops that helped to consolidate the training and knowledge of the computer use.
Finding the best way to implement the project within the classroom, it was decided to start using computers in the Portuguese language and mathematics disciplines. Indeed, the activities contained in XO, apparently would be those that best suit the mentioned disciplines.
Considering the elapsed process, emerged from the technical and pedagogical team the requirement to perform a series of manuals that contemplate the general use of these computers and explains their activities. In this way, teachers were able to take advantage of educational materials for learning and instruction of their lessons. Currently the project continues by implementing in the Don Bosco schools from third through sixth grade, expanding the use of the XO to all school subjects.
In the years 2013-2014 the Kamba Dyami Project began its expansion to one more province of Angola. This was possible since the partnership with AIF has been changed. Now the role of investor of this technological innovation in classrooms is FSDEA (Sovereign Fund of Angola). In dialogue between AIF, Kamba Dyami and FSDEA opened up new frontiers. This new partner's mission is "To promote the social and economic development of Angola by generating wealth for the Angolan people" , so that the financing is justified to their social portfolio. Together we are going to deepen the childrens quality of education in the country. Therefore, we will be presenting this project in the schools of the countryside, covering all Angolan schools in the future. In 2014 we started in Benguela and in this 2015 in the town of Calulo. We believe that this project, more and more, is offering the possibility of getting into contact with the new information technologies (ICTs) to many children in the country and offer them the possibility of learning a new way of teaching while approaching them to the world of ICTs to govern our contemporary.