Monthly Archives: September 2013

Exciting Developments for the Bagnan High School Computer Lab

Located in a small town of Howrah district, West Bengal, Bagnan High School has close to three thousand students. The population in the area is primarily a mix of Hindu and Muslim communities and there is a conspicuous communal divide fueled by political indoctrination in the less educated segments of the society.

dreamfly began its endeavour at Bagnan High School to create strong community ties and eradicate the mindset of religious segregation. We aim to accomplish this by providing expanded educational opportunities so that the students develop appreciation for peers and make personal connections which will eventually create a more unified society.

dreamfly set up a lab consisting of 32 computers with comprehensive software packages that give students a chance to explore topics beyond their classroom resources. These computers enhance their learning experience, stimulate their minds and help give new insight on their culture and belief systems. Equally as important, as students from different communities and backgrounds form groups to use these computers, they build tolerance and appreciation for their classmates.

Over several visits to the school, we recognized that an internet connection is essential to fully harness the potential of the computer lab and truly expand these benefits to the children. Through sustained efforts and discussions, we have arrived at an agreement with the principal of the school to help set up an internet connection. This will not only provide students access to a wealth of new information but will also help them learn new software skills.

We have been able to make such remarkable progress primarily due to the enthusiastic efforts of our on-ground volunteers. Their involvement has gained significant popularity and we have been approached by additional volunteers eager to work with us.

Looking forward, we are excited to increase operational effectiveness on the ground with our expanded team and build upon our accomplishments.

 

Dreamfly looking to expand to Latin America

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world,” the 5th century BC philosopher Socrates supposedly said. The idea of global citizenship is at the core of what dreamfly is striving to accomplish, which is to create a human connection that transcends race, religion, culture, and politics.

dreamfly has been gratified to see examples of this connection come to life in our ongoing projects. In India we built the Bagnan High School computer lab, which brings together Hindu and Muslim students in the kind of opportunity their parents never had. In Rwanda, our continued sponsorship and expansion of the Cyingwa Primary School helps unite a community overcoming the ethnic strife that once tore their country apart.

Next up, we are looking to add a different geographical and cultural perspective to our budding global community. For the past several months, dreamfly has been evaluating options for expansion into Latin America (particularly South America) via a collaborative project with a local partner. This region features many countries with a rich, interesting, and vibrant history that have been victim to instability and strife, and as such, provide the kinds of opportunities we are looking to address. As with past dreamfly efforts, we are looking to do work in communities with a history of conflict and, with the level of funding we can provide, maximize the number of young people who would benefit. Most importantly, we are looking for on-the-ground partners with sterling reputations, track records of executing successful projects, and a philosophical alignment with our vision.

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