I was with the team for the first half of the project. I had to leave because of a teaching commitment in China which overlapped with the second week. I found this project to be an immensely rewarding and memorable experience of my career. My engagement with a group of highly motivated students and colleagues not only enabled us to achieve our aims but we also excelled in all our expectations. A big thank you to the Queensland University of Technology Engagement Innovation Grant.
A picture speaks a 1000 words. So instead of explaining how the aims were achieved (in too many words), I have uploaded images (against each aim) which speak more than a 1000 words… .
Aim 1: To work with their fellow students from three faculties to pursue the aims and design of the schools and community components of the SSCP
Aim 2: To gain an understanding of the functioning of primary schools in Fiji, including the needs and aspirations in terms of ICT education.
Aim 3: To design, develop and integrate ICT related activities in classrooms
Aim 4: To be given the opportunity to observe and interact with members of the Sabeto Village community and pursue common aims in a community based project
Aim 5: To be provided with an opportunity for incidental learning via personal contact with teaching staff, primary school children and community members of the Sabeto district of Fiji
Aim 6: To build on communication skills in terms of improving their intercultural competencies
Aim 7: To develop lifelong friendships with teachers and members of the community
Aim 8: …….(unstated)….