- Posted by Inveneo on August 9, 2012 in the categories: Education, News, Projects
In Haiti, schools need more than just relief, they need better access to information and communication technologies to improve student and teacher skills and learning opportunities.
Inveneo collaborated with World Vision, Microsoft, HP, SELF and Voila Foundation to create “The Haiti Connected Schools Program” – a solution that brings sustainable computing solutions and Internet connections to 40 schools in rural Haiti.
Inveneo’s Sybille Fleischmann, Inveneo Country Manager Haiti, and Michelet Guerrier, Haiti Project Manager, have been working with Haitian engineers and technicians, to install solar panels, set up computer labs, and connect the schools to the Internet. As part of the program, teachers receive basic computer classes. The classes are delivered by Inveneo trained local technicians.
Inveneo’s approach integrates school administrations, Haitian solar installers and local technicians in the preparation, deployment and long-term support of the computer labs. After a school is selected the school prepares for the future computer lab, adds security measures where necessary and purchases or builds the furniture for the lab.
When the school is ready to receive the lab the solar panels are installed either on the roof or on poles next to the computer lab and the indoor cabling with inverter and batteries are completed. Shortly thereafter Inveneo certified local technicians install the computer lab and set up the Internet access. Once the lab is ready, teachers are the first to receive a multi-day basic computer course. During this training many of the teachers are touching a computer for the very first time.
Local Deployment via BATI
A key aspect of the program is the BATI – young Haitians with information technology (IT) skills who are trained by Inveneo to deploy high speed, broadband wireless networks and new, relevant technology for educational institutions, like schools, in an entrepreneurial business model. During the school deployments, experienced BATI are training newer BATI, on how to connect clients, deploy and support the computer labs. They also receive coaching and experience providing basic computer classes to teachers and the community.
In fact, the program is now entirely run by Haitians and the results have been remarkable. Two computer labs are being installed each week by two BATI teams working simultaneously. The targeted 40 school deployments are on schedule to be completed by September 2012; so far 28 schools have been completed with 12 more to go – each complete with local ownership and local long-term maintenance.
Students throughout the country are now able to access online educational resources thanks to the help of The Haiti Connected Schools Program. Inveneo’s quick response to delivering long-term solutions offers students and school administrators the best combination of sustainable computing for years to come.
- Posted by Inveneo on April 16, 2012 in the categories: Education, News, Projects
March 2012, Haiti. Centre D’Etudes Gamaliel Beraud, a rural primary school in the South of Haiti, received a solar-powered computer lab, connectivity and computer training for teachers from Digicel Foundation and Kellogg Foundation. Inveneo installed the lab, trained the teachers and worked with Enersa for a theft proof solar installation,and local partner Transversal and Talkpool to connect the school to the Internet. Many of the teachers who participated in the computer training had never touched a computer before and were excited to explore the new resources. www.inveneo.org
Video by Developing Pictures
- Posted by Inveneo on April 6, 2012 in the categories: News, Projects
No matter where you live in the world, access to the Internet and the right training can give you the knowledge and skills you need to participate in the global economy. In Africa, Cisco, Inveneo and several nonprofit other partners are establishing Community Knowledge Centers to give people in once-isolated communities just those kinds of connections.
- Posted by Inveneo on May 12, 2011 in the categories: News
We are pleased and proud to be supported by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund for the second phase of our work in Haiti. Their grant specifically supports the development of a sustainable, high-speed wireless broadband connectivity to 20 population centers in six rural regions across the country, which will in turn stimulate economic growth and support decentralization of the population.
This video, produced by their partners Students of the World, highlights the impact we’re already seeing as connectivity has been deployed in Léogâne, and introduces some of the first IT technicians in our BATI training program.
- Posted by Inveneo on September 18, 2010 in the categories: News, Projects, Relief
EKTA Foundation and Inveneo responded quickly to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Inveneo deployed long-distance WiFi networks to connect NetHope members and other humanitarian organizations to broadband Internet service in the immediate aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Here, Gary Shane of Save the Children explains our impact.
- Posted by Inveneo on January 29, 2010 in the categories: News, Projects
Inveneo is deploying long-distance WiFi links to support high-speed Internet access for NetHope member organizations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Watch how our network grows across the city, with 9km long links through the cluttered urban landscape. Learn more about Inveneo at http://inveneo.org
- Posted by Inveneo on January 27, 2010 in the categories: Events, News
The local ABC News affiliate interviewed Kristin Peterson of Inveneo around our preparations for responding to the Haiti earthquake. You can learn more about your actions at http://inveneo.org