The Computer Lab project is now reality! The Center for Community Empowerment and Transformation (CCET) in Rotifunk is the proud owner of a computer lab with 50 modern laptop computers with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. And the first pictures are in.
We wish to once again thank the U.S. donors, Schneider Electric and TIP Capital for taking the lead in outfitting the computer lab with up-to-date computers. We hope you enjoy now watching the transformation of this community as both adults and high school students acquire their first computer skills.
The computer “lab” today is still temporary quarters in a house Chief Caulker has loaned them for now. Building a new classroom building for the computer lab open to the community will be the next step in the project. Installing a solar energy system to power lighting for evening classes and to charge computers is also part of the plan.
But with tables and chairs made by local carpenters and computers in hand, computer classes have begun.
Teacher and CCET leader, Mr. Sonnah earlier explained the Center’s logo to me and how it symbolizes what they plan to accomplish. A man and a woman are together holding one torch light. Light brings about transformation, and men and women are equally balanced in holding one light. They are surrounded by olive branches depicting them rescuing the chiefdom from its past traumas. They are transforming the chiefdom to be a better place. Mr. Kamara, another teacher and CCET leader said in his quietly confident manner, we are developing our brothers and sisters, and we know with our work today, tomorrow will be a brighter day. We see our future as bright.
I, too, see their future getting brighter each day. I think you can see it in the pictures that follow.