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We are delighted to have the expertise of Dr. Joao Couvaneiro working with us on the School in a Box project in Mozambique in a collaboration between IADT Dun Laoghaire, Irish Aid and the Mozambican Ministry for Education. The project will measure the impact of mobile digital technology on teaching, with an emphasis on creativity and participative practices.
The School in a Box project was presented at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week symposium in Paris on 11th March. The aim of this years symposium was to debate and illustrate how innovation through the use of mobile technology was be leveraged to improve quality of education in line with Sustainable Development Goal Number 4; Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Following from our initial teacher training period in 2015, the School in a Box team, supported by the Education team at the Irish Embassy in Maputo, move onto the next phase of building capacity at teacher training and curriculum integration stage. Take a look at this short video of our work.
It is with enormous sadness that we learn of the death of our dear colleague Dr. N Miguel Seabra. Miguel has brought joy to countless people he met over his many trips to Mozambique for School in a Box. As a teacher he was committed, passionate, energetic, fun and enabled learners to think in completely new and creative ways. We cannot imagine how much he will be missed. We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in Portugal.
In a collaboration between Irish Aid and Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) Dun Laoghaire, working together with the Min- istry for Education in Mozambique and Guava School in Maputo city, third grade teachers in the school are implementing the School in a Box programme. Teachers are trained to use the technology in a methodology to make learning meaningful in a local context and more interesting and fun for children in danger of dropping out of school.
School in a Box
School in a Box (SIAB) is a community digital engagement project developed by the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (www.iadt.ie). IADT has over a decade of experience working with Irish teachers in supporting and facilitating the use of film and digital technologies to enhance learning in the classroom (www.fis.ie), and hosts the National Film School in Ireland.
SIAB is a mobile solar powered digital education solution suitable for any learning environment in remote locations without access to electricity. It is a flexible and inclusive solution that can be used, for example, in primary or secondary schools, outdoor schools, field farm schools or other vocational training environments, community clinics, adult literacy or community learning. The ethos of School in a Box is in community engagement and capacity building, working with a Design Driven Innovation (Verganti, 2009) approach to providing a solution for the needs of end users; from primary school teachers and students high in the Himalayas, to young mothers or illiterate farmers in remote villages in Mozambique, to teachers in over-crowded low resource classrooms.