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Students in rural Eswatini, in Swaziland, are expected to perform at comparable levels to their city dwelling counterparts. "While teaching my students, I noticed that we are attempting to educate young people in the information age without access to information," said Peace Corps volunteer Kirby P. Riley. So he turned to Kiwix.
"For years, Wikipedia had done regular backups of its entire database which includes millions of articles and images spanning all the world's knowledge. Some time ago, Wikipedia decided that they would make these database backups available for download to the public. Several programmers began to design programs that could read and make sense of those Wikipedia datasets. From these efforts, we have Kiwix, an offline browser and content reader. Kiwix turns Wikipedia datasets into a fully functional version of Wikipedia offline."
"This past January, we installed the Kiwix software and several Wikipedia packages, and began teaching our students how to use the software. The students are excited because they can learn about anything that piques their interests. Teachers are excited because they have another resource to prepare lectures and lesson plans. My principal exclaimed his excitement after seeing students use the software saying, 'this is almost like we have the internet.'"
More at this blog profiling Mr. Riley.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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