Schoolnet Mozambique:Project Progress
1.1 EXPANSION OF THE NETWORK WITH VOIP AND SERVICES TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE NETWORK
The first issue regarding the future of such a project is clearly the deployment of the network. Although the final goal of such a project is not the network itself but all services that can be made available by using computer technology and their impact in the educational process, if there is no basic connectivity infrastructure, it will just not be possible to deliver those services. We would be speaking of a transport system that has no roads.
Although the first step of such a project in to put in place a physical network, and then adding services on top of this network.
The expansion of the network will have to consider introducing the VoIP and services for education application. It is in progress getting two servers one for VoIP with VoIP application Asterisk and another one for application server which will run DNS Server, Proxy Server, mail Server, Web Server and OpenExchange to share agenda, projects, publications, news, forum on-line, etc.
Regarding the province of Inhambane the districts of Homoine, Maxixe, Morrumbene, Chicuque, Massinga and Jangamo, are good candidates for the next phase. These districts altogether have a total of about 15 schools that could potentially integrate the network within a maximum distance of 70Km (Massinga district). The Massinga district appears to be of great interest as it is the most populated district of the Inhambane province.
There are some secondary Schools, Technical and CFPP in Chicuque as well as Hospital and Health colleague interested to connect through wireless. The GoogleEarth view is presented in the figure below show how they could be connected with clear line of side between CFPP of Chicuque and ESEmiliaDausse.
1.2 TRAINING OF PERSONNEL
This means that the very first priority in a coherent training process within the scope of this project will be to focus on teacher and make sure that on the long run they will be the driving force in the use of IT technologies in the educational process. Such training activities will take place this month to prepare teachers to use IT technologies, on one hand to communicate with each others and the external world, and on the other hand to use these technologies to carry out they every tasks at school including simple activities like writing a report on also improve the quality of their lessons by using digital contents to support them in those task.
In the case of Inhambane, this task is easier and realistic to implement with the local resources, due to the presence of VSO that will be working for Education at least until February 2008, we will negotiate with DPEC-IN to renew the contract and reallocate him at DPEC-IN instead of the ESEDA to benefit not only people at ESEmiliaDausse but the whole community of schools and the DPEC-IN itself.