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Working together to write a grant proposal are the following people and their affiliations

Message to all collaborators: It would be best if you could start a New Page as described below and add what you can contribute to this grant proposal. I will then attempt to put all the pieces together for a comprehensive collaborative project. Try to post everything by January 27th so we have time to integrate everything. I will need the additional time to ask further questions-- so stay close from Jan 27th until the deadline.

Please list here

Joanne Clemente from Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY

Elizabeth Ross from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and Kasiisi Project southeast of Fort Portal, Uganda Elizabeth, my emails to you keep getting returned.

Nick Doiron from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and Kasiisi Project volunteer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Background-information

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Executive Summary to begin our actual submission page 8 in RFA

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Technical Understanding and Approach page 8

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation page 9

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Management and Personnel Plan page 9

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Institutional Capacity and experience page 10

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Past Performance page 11

Collaborative_GrantProposal:Background on Project Participants


Collaborative_GrantProposal: Essential Design Elements- this is not an actual page in the proposal but these elements must be included througout the other pages.


About this wiki page

Click on background-information- I will attempt to copy all correspondences thus far, so that everyone is kept informed. There should be a place for every interested participant who is willing to work. We need to keep all information in one place. Feel free to edit this page and add new pages that are linked to this one.

To add a new page, you must click on "edit" above, then put the title of the new page in double brackets like this: [[newpage]] Then click on SAVE PAGE at the bottom. It would be fine for each participant to create their own page. I will make the attempt to integrate all ideas and parties involved. You can detail what you can contribute to the collaborative. Thank you.

I will list steps I believe should be taken. Please add your steps within this area

Makerere: 1-Please list the area or district that you would like to target for this grant opportunity. Please make sure that you have teachers in training for this district so that we professors can interact with them for further training.

What District will be the beneficiary of this grant?

Please also answer the following questions:


2-How many primary schools in this area/district?

3-How many teachers?

4-How many students (meaning how many XOs would be needed?

5-Cost of broadband connectivity to be brought into these schools?


Kampala: 1-Please list the area or district that you would like to target for this grant opportunity. Please make sure that you have teachers in training for this district so that we professors can interact with them for further training.

What District will be the beneficiary of this grant? Jinja

Please also answer the following questions:


2-How many primary schools in this area/district?

3-How many teachers?

4-How many students (meaning how many XOs would be needed?

5-Cost of broadband connectivity to be brought into these schools?

Mountain of the Moon: 1-Please list the area or district that you would like to target for this grant opportunity. Please make sure that you have teachers in training for this district so that we professors can interact with them for further training.

What District will be the beneficiary of this grant? JKABAROLE DISTRICT Please also answer the following questions:


2-How many primary schools in this area/district?

3-How many teachers?

4-How many students (meaning how many XOs would be needed?

5-Cost of broadband connectivity to be brought into these schools?


Budget (based on 5 rural schools) Final costs are for 12 months.

 

Ugandan Project manager: TO BE HIRED ($6 - 12000/year depending on level of expertise in project management and knowledge of the XO’s needed. We will need a full time Ugandan to do this.

 

Mains Power to schools; 5 rural schools @ $10,000 per school = $50,000 (we can also use generators but in 2009 the whole set up cost about $3000 for a gas generator (this included all the eaxtra bits needed and you need a big genertor to charge many computers)– diesel is better but expensive – and needs frequent attention, repair, fuel etc) If this is considerd a long term project then mains power is the way to go. Solar is onot an option for charging many computers, running a server etc as well as being a total pain in the neck – the panels are fine its getting the power from the panels to your computer that is the problem.
Annual electricity bill: $600 per school = $3000/year
Internet connections: $400 per school (via phone connections currently) = $2000
Internet running costs: $700 per school = $3500
Infrastructure – tables, charging points, storage , cupboards etc – I would also strongly advocate that there is money in the budget for a “computer / media” room at each school. This saves the more delicate equipment from being moved often, can be kept clean, can be used at any time for classes, teachers can access the equipment when they want, lesson planning etc. You have seen the library at Kasiisi – none of the other schools have a room like this.
Media room in 5 schools x $10,000 = $50,000
Transport for supervisor @ $1400/school = $7000 (this is via taxi but I really think we are going to need a car as the schools are rural and we will be getting people back and forth) We can buy a good used Suzuki for about $8000 – over 5 years this will save money.
If this then we need fuel @ $300/month = $3600
Phone time @ $200/month = $2400
Photocopying @$50/month x 5 schools = $3000
Kasiisi Project and KFSSSP Project Field director and Administrator time and overheads: $1000month = $12000
Supervisory, consultant and training visits from the US:
Travel: $2000 x 2 per year = $4000
Transport inside Uganda: $800 x 2 = $1600
Accommodation in Uganda @ $100/day x 15 days x 2= $3000
Supervisor Salaries @$200/day x 15 days x2 = $6000

Computers 3000@ ??
Electrical strips, power sockets, etc - $1000 x 5 = $5000
Shipping costs from the US:?
Import costs – in 2010 it cost us $1000 to clear 100 computers through customs and ship them to Fort Portal

Laptop computers to be used as servers: 5 @ $6000 = $3000
Printers: 5@$150 = $750
Mobile Phones: 10 @$100 = $1000

Stationary, ink, paper, pens etc : 5 schools @ $600 = $3000

Staff training: Residential 3 x /year for 10 teachers (2 from each school). First for 5 days, other 2 for 2 days each plus students from MMU, plus “experts etc” @ $100 per person per day (all inclusive – transport, meals , lecture theatre etc)
9 days X 15 people x $100 = $13500

Staff salaries in schools: 9 months @ $50 per month x 2 teachers x 5 schools = $4500

 

Kisubi Brothers: 1-Please list the area or district that you would like to target for this grant opportunity. Please make sure that you have teachers in training for this district so that we professors can interact with them for further training.

What District will be the beneficiary of this grant?

Please also answer the following questions:


2-How many primary schools in this area/district?

3-How many teachers?

4-How many students (meaning how many XOs would be needed?

5-Cost of broadband connectivity to be brought into these schools?


Executive Summary to begin our actual submission



This is the link to the Grant Opportunity. [1]


Read below and let's start writing! Below, I am pasting a proposal that I have submitted to local funding sources about what I would like to do. This grant proposal has to be more comprehensive than this but I will post it as a starting place. Feel free to edit! Do not worry that it says "Dominican College". It will be collaborative when we get started.


21st Century Skills for Ugandan Students

So many children; so little time: In the time it takes to get a government to react, a generation of children will have completed their limited education. The need is great and so urgent in Uganda where most children complete only primary school, that only a forward minded foundation can see the benefit of infusing this precious primary education with the tools of the 21st century.

Having just returned from a humanitarian visit to the Kampala environs with the purpose of introducing an XO computer project to a totally receptive audience of university administrators, I am now back in the US seeking funding to bring the concept to fruition.

All over the world in underdeveloped countries, volunteers such as myself, are introducing and deploying hundreds of these amazing XO machines to primary schools. Born at MIT, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative has captured the hearts and most importantly, the minds of the world’s high school and college students, as well as professors and professionals in an effort to provide low-cost computers to the children in underdeveloped countries. All over the world, adventurous souls are training children, teachers and administrators in the value of a computer that instantly networks within a classroom, fosters collaborative learning, and is capable of communicating with the rest of the world. How much better is an education, if not only a village educates, but an international community is enabled to provide the support for children to enter the global economy in their near future! How much better is an Africa where its students have the education, the connections and the love of learning to pursue their dreams!

So what is this XO computer? It is an amazing little machine that looks deceptively like a toy. Instead, it embodies the tools of learning, creative expression and communication so necessary for today’s effective education. From research to writing, from drawing to animation, from email to browsing, this low-cost machine is transformative. In a country where pencils are precious, these machines provide pencil, paper, library, telephone and geographic independence.

The strategy I will employ is that with which I am extremely familiar as a as a former professor in the Teacher Education Division at New York Institute of Technology, and currently as the Director of Academic Technology at Dominican College. In my experience, I have seen that teachers tend to teach as they were taught. By targeting pre-service and in-service teachers in universities, we can effectively infuse Uganda’s teacher education programs with the tools to enhance and deliver a technologically-rich curriculum to primary schools, with assistance from the international community and the speed of light. Daily, new ideas for teaching, and instructional programs are uploaded to the OLPC wiki, so that with this XO, teachers can employ new and innovative ways to teach age-old skills as well as those needed to compete in the global economy. Each teacher is not alone, not isolated, in no matter how remote a village. Power? These machines can be charged by solar energy, a free resource planet-wide. They can also be charged by electricity and gas powered generators. This remarkable, low-cost product is truly an investment in Uganda’s children, Uganda’s future.

I am writing to you to help fund the results of an ongoing collaboration between US teachers and Ugandan teachers, college to college. Through Dominican College’s online learning environment, Ugandan teachers can be trained to utilize these XO machines effectively, and we are happy to do our share to provide this education to teachers. Our college has already initiated a University Chapter of the OLPC initiative in which our college students can participate as well. However, the seeds planted in this initiative will only bear fruit if computers are delivered to the primary schools in which these Ugandan teachers work. The OLPC mission is one that espouses equity. Computers must saturate one Ugandan classroom at a time in order for students to experience the fullness of available activities. Each classroom in Uganda contains anywhere from 50 to 100 students. At a cost of $229/computer, the cost to provide a classroom full of XO computers will range from $ 12,000 to $25,000. Rest assured, any funding you can provide will go directly to the purchase of these machines. OLPC has already provided 9 computers which have been distributed: 2 to each of 3 Ugandan Universities (Makerere University, Kampala International University, and Kisubi Brothers University) and 2 to Dominican College. One has been delivered to a technologist in Uganda who will help with deployment, repairs and training. By empowering the local teachers and individuals to help themselves, we are doing more than providing aid; we are helping to build a sustainable future for Ugandans.

In Kampala International University Teachers College alone, there are more than 1300 teachers attending classes. We would like to start with 10 teachers and move upwards to training 25 teachers at a time. The challenge is great but the need is greater. With your help, we can bring 21st century skills to the children in Uganda. It is only then that, as educated and empowered adults, they will know how to thrive in today’s global economy.

In summary, our mission is to: • provide university students, administrators and teachers with online training to effectively utilize the XO computers to deliver Uganda school curriculum. • emphasize the importance of educating girls for HIV/AIDS prevention and for family/community improvement. • Take a pre-emptive stance… Our strategy: • Utilize undergraduate and graduate classes at Dominican College to infuse global responsibility and service learning for Dominican College students. • Utilize our Blackboard System to deliver online training to students in US and Uganda • Deploy local technology specialists in Uganda for local support. • Raise the necessary funds through grants to provide primary school children with XO laptops, 10 schools at a time. • Raise additional funds through art projects produced in Uganda for sale on the web and at exhibits in the US.

As you can see from the following report from Kampala University, there are many strains on their educational system. By working collaboratively with Dominican College teachers and students, we can help to alleviate some of these burdens while making Ugandan teachers better able to minister to their own needs.

“Current Situational report on Primary Schools where our students practice:Our In-service student are spread/scattered in 50 Primary schools in 10 (ten) Districts of Uganda; Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Sembabule, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kalangala, Yumbe and Butaleja.


General Information about practicing-in schools

i) Total number of pupils per school range from 100 – 1500.

ii) Male pupils vs female pupils ratio per school 60% males and 40% females.

iii) Number of classes: Most of them have Primary 1 – Primary 7.

iv) Number of pupils per class, range from 10 – 200

v) Male pupils vs female pupils ratio per class 60% males and 40% females.

vi) Teaching staff range from 04 – 20 teachers

vii) Female teachers vs male teachers; ratio 40% male 60 female per school.

viii) Support staff and non-teaching staff: these range from 0 – 10 per school.

ix) Facilities / equipment and utilities available in schools.


 Classroom blocks

 Play grounds

 Water (pipe and rain harvested, dam, spring wells, boreholes, rivers and lakes).

 Electricity

 Store

 Kitchen

 Prayer houses

 Latrines/Toilets, Bathrooms

 School vehicles

 Sick bays/infirmaries

 School farms

 Computers

 Libraries / resource rooms and laboratories

 Hostels / Dormitories

 Internet & DSTV and TV facilities.

 Telecommunication.


Note: Some schools have some of these facilities while others don’t have some of them.

Pupil Drop-out Cases and Causes There are dropout occurrences in each and every school and in each and every class each term and each year.

Rate: 3 to 10 per term Causes among others:-

 Curriculum caused

 School caused

 Teacher caused

 Parent / Guardian caused

 Community caused

 Environmental caused

 Learner caused i.e. peer influence, drug abuse etc.

 Some Government policies

 Social/economic situational factors i.e. poverty

 Health related problems/learning difficulties i.e. diseases, disorders, impairments etc.

 Loss of parents.

 Security problems

 Unknown.”


I have recently returned from a humanitarian visit to Uganda and I would like to add in reference to the above statement “Some schools have some of these facilities while others don’t have some of them” is an understatement. Most rural areas do not even have electricity or clean water. A generation will grow up all too quickly. Please consider this project for funding. I believe strongly that, with your help and the collaborations in place between the schools in the US and Uganda, this project will be successful. Please note that the OLPC community is worldwide and as such, each deployment benefits from the successes and trials of the others. I am an active member of OLPC-NYC and am in active communication/collaboration with other deployments in Uganda. Respectfully, I am happy to answer any questions and to provide any data, reports or receipts that you request. Thank you!

Joanne Clemente, Ed.D. Director of Academic Technology Dominican College Orangeburg, NY 845.848.4017 work 914.260.6237 mobile

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