In the morning, Chief Jone came to the Bible College and spoke at devotions about his vision for his remote poor village. For his village to grow in faith, and for their children to get the best education they can (and PS they desperately need them to learn and use computers, because our school has none).
In the evening, we met a man as we walked out of a church who is in charge of e-learning at the Fiji University. His vision? To take a specifically designed ‘junior laptop’ for developing countries and transform the way students will learn. Equiping them with skills to contribute to a growing global knowledge economy. These stunning laptops are robust, with no moving parts, sealed electronics, use minimal power, water resistant, have no fan to collect dust/sand and sea spray, and have wifi antennas for connectivity to a localised server established in the school. This server has much of the global information needed for learning.
These laptops are transforming remote villages and their ability to train their students to participate in the knowledge economy of tomorrow with startling success.
They are introducing the ‘flipped classroom’ model which is a new concept that may revolutionise education as we know it in the future. Simply, students learn ‘content’ from tutorials on their laptops as their homework; and teachers in the classroom instead of teaching ‘content’, will teach them how to analyse content, inquire, and work collaboratively in groups to find solutions to problems based on the content they have learned from their laptops.
The Fiji ‘Government’ has recently set a national goal that All villages in Fiji will have computers and internet within 5-years. How? That’s where the Anglican Church could take a lead and become a leader in the roll-out of this vision for its schools and villages. This Mission team has been a catalyst in raising this opportunity and potential it offers to the students of Fiji.