The last time the Malaptop team worked together was when we were at Stirling High School, working on a Young Enterprise Scotland company called ‘Image’ that sold Fairtrade hampers at local trade fairs. We have hopefully learned a bit since then and the seeds of social enterprise were sown early.
As you might know, we are looking to set up a schools programme in Scotland that creates links between Scottish and Malawian schools and promotes social entrepreneurship and I.T skills in the Scottish schools. We had approached Mr Hamilton, who ‘supervised’ the Young Enterprise Scotland groups when we were there, earlier in the year to try and work out the best way to get Scottish schools involved in Malaptop. He had gave us some great pointers, highlighting issues we would need to overcome before a school would be comfortable setting up a group. We decided the best way to move ahead with the schools programme would be to promote the idea to one school and develop the programme there, before offering it to other schools. Guess which school volunteered to be the Malaptop pioneers?
Its strange going back to your old school and seeing your old teachers. Stranger still when they are sporting some serious Movembers! Facial furniture aside, it was a great meeting and we were able to iron out the various concerns that the teachers had concerning security and distribution. Their enthusiasm for the project really encouraging and they had already managed to locate a number of laptop donations! The teachers also sang the praises of the Stirling High School Charities Committee that have already done some great work this year and so we are looking forward to working with them!
Some of the basics that were decided on are:
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