Francisco and I head down to meet the rest of the team in Adama. This is their second week there and they seem to have settled in nicely. There have been a lot of problems with electricity, one day on and one day off in different parts of the city. Since this was known before hand, they had all brought laptops, extra batteries, and a generator (which they ferry between classes). They have managed to allow for four to five classes to be taught at any time. I am very impressed by their ingenuity and ability to overcome what could have potentially been a nightmare. The two team coordinators, Mike and Karen, are clearly doing a fantastic job and have obviously worked very hard to smooth over any difficulties in organising the training and the logistics at the guest house. They work well with their buddy, Gelana, and the other staff in the hub, who seem to respect, love and fear them at the same time. As a result of this, the team is relaxed and is able to get on with their job of teaching. I receive feedback from them saying, “Mike and Karen are doing an excellent job, except they could do with translators in the class as the language barrier is a problem and that the food takes too long to arrive in the guest house where they are staying.”
The Hub – In week one and two there are classes in Multi-media, Networking, and PC Maintenance. There are around 20 students in each class. In the Hamara Nursing school, they are teaching ICDL beginner and advance courses. In total, they should have around 80 students graduating at the end of the week (already 80 graduated last week). It’s a little too early to introduce Moodle to the teachers, but Ana has been showing Feiyssa’s daughter, Howie, how it works. The hub looks great, clean and freshly painted. There is a mural of Cormac on the wall, which everyone finds very amusing. Eyob showed me the room where thy have been storing the computers, which they have not been able to move onto schools due to either low specs or technical problems. The PC Maintenance students have been working on these in their class and have managed to fix between 10 and 15 so far. After speaking with Ben, who is running the class, he says the main problem is that they have been plugged in without surge protectors.
In their first week, the local TV station came to the hub and filmed the volunteers and students. They were on the evening news for a couple of minutes and there is a longer programme of 20 minutes out later this week.