Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Tech Squad Visits Amunuis

Last Friday we left for Aminuis, which is 200k south of Gobabis on a dirt road.  Gobabis is 250k east of Windhoek on a very nicely paved road.  Suffice it to say, the trip was very long and dusty.

We first stopped by the SchoolNet office in Gobabis so that the Squad could learn more about Linux and the OpenLab operating system.  Max, one of the technicians there gave them a brief introduction and allowed them to use the computers for a while.

A group shot with the bull- a statue highlighting the importance of cattle to this area of Namibia Gracious shows some learners at the school how to take a computer apart and teaches what each piece does Leena uses the Linux computer, exploring OpenLab for the first time.

From Gobabis we went straight to Aminuis, a very small town in the heart of cattle country in eastern Namibia.  The terrain is about as flat as it gets out there.

The school we visited is the site of Chris Pexton.  The school is the oldest school for blacks in all of Namibia, established in 1935.  Their computer lab wasn't quite that old, in fact it had newer computers than most.  They have 5 SchoolNet computers and three windows machines.

The food was adequate.  We ate hostel food for dinner and breakfast which consisted of a piece of bread and a glob of porrage Here I'm leading the discussion on installing ink cartridges (don't think that the squad does all the work!)The squad- Petrine, Matroos, Leena and Gracious standing proud.  The cleared viruses out of the two computers behind them.
We took a photo printer with us and taught them how to run a photography lab.  Teachers, learners and members of the community were all part of the training.  Overall I'd say it went really well.

We were able to see a few sights before leaving for Windhoek Saturday.  I'm hoping everything works out for our trip to Post 10, north of Gobabis this week.

A little sillyness on the way back to WIndhoek. We stopped by the salt flats before leaving Aminuis for a group picture.

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