The Mombasa pilot was the second leg to be undertaken, after Kakamega. It was quite an expensive trip, both financially (standards of living) and volunteer-wise (one of the participants couldn't make it at the last minute, so we had to look for a replacement). The consequences of this expensive trip had a ripple effect on the Nyeri pilot, which forced us to subsidise costs for Nyeri.
- Abbas Mahmood
- David Mugo
- Isaac Kosgei
- Dennis Munene
- Branton Obwari
- Stephen Wanjau
They had 21 computers being used by 200+ teachers and students. We went there on a Friday (11 March 2011) and David Mugo managed to give a presentation on Wikipedia to the students & teachers during the assembly.
Sadly, their computers were in a dilapidated state and we only managed to install the offline Wikipedia onto the teacher's computer.
Khamis High School
The reception was positive. They had around 40 computers in two computer laboratories which were used by over 500 students. Abbas Mahmood gave a presentation on Wikipedia to the students.
Memon Group of Schools
They had around 15 computers that were networked to a server that interconnected the computers of primary & secondary schools -- meaning that the offline Wikipedia that we installed will be accessible to all students.
Shimo la Tewa School
Had around 20 computers that were not properly functioning. Despite this, the teachers were really excited about Wikipedia. We gave the teachers a one-on-one tutorial and the students were given a lecture as well.
Tudor Day High School
Despite this being a public school, it had the best computers we had seen. It had 22 computers which were used by around 120 students. After successful installation, we managed to give a tutorial to the students.
We managed to successfully install the offline Wikipedia onto the Oshwal server that served both primary & secondary schools. Oshwal had around 40 computers being used by 500+ students. We also managed to give a tutorial to their teachers.
There were a number of schools that were in plan but we didn't manage to carry out our project on them for a number of reasons:
Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School
Had a big computer lab, lots and lots of monitors (almost 40) and only 5 functional computers, with no proper maintenance undertaken. It was therefore not feasible for us to go to this school.
Mombasa Light Academy
Had one of the best computer labs in Mombasa, with 260 computers and a very high class of students. All computers have internet access and students have access to the labs and are actually allowed to bring their own computers and use the internet which has some sites like facebook filtered. Since they had internet access, they were out of our project's scope.
Star of the Sea High School
The headteacher declined to give us permission to undertake the project in this school unless we had written permission from the Ministry of Education.