The Parabel of the Starfish
On the beach lie countless starfish washed up by the current. A girl takes one starfish after another into her hand and throws them back into the ocean. When a man comes by he says: “Don’t you see that the entire beach is full of starfish? You’ll never be able to save all of them! What you are doing does not change a thing!” The girl carefully picks up the next starfish from the ground and shows it to him so that he can see its distinctive characteristics and replies to him “For this specific starfish it will make a difference!” and then she throws it back into the ocean as far as she can.
This is a picture of the class being taught by Andrew, a computer science student at Ndejje University Kampala.
The course started in 2018 with the aim to teach the older children of Education Matters the professional and efficient use of computers. In Uganda, computer education has recently become compulsory in secondary schools. Unfortunately, most schools cannot afford to buy enough equipment for their students. Consequently, a lot is thaught in theory, but the students have no opportunity to put what they have learned into practice on the computer. Due to the lack of practice, most students still regard the use of computers as something that requires too much technical knowledge and do not continue to deal with the topic outside of class.
My name is Namuyanja Faridah born in 1999 and i live in Central Uganda. When I was growing up I did not get a chance see both of my Biological parents because they all died when I was still very young, I actually don’t remember seeing them physically, I see their pictures but that makes me miss them so much, since I did not get a chance to see them.
The local school, Gymnasium Großburgwedel, that most of the active education matters members went to, held a charity run. The students chose three nonprofit organisations – one of which was educations matters. You can find a link to the (german) newspaper article below.