Here are 84 pictures which illustrate how we went from an empty room in a small Togolese MS/HS to a fully equipped and functional Raspberry Pi computer lab :
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... UlINXAyVmM
Last June, the room was still divided into restrooms… Inside walls were taken down, a new concrete floor and new windows were put in place… Then Seth and I, assisted by a few teachers and a couple of students, installed electricity and a LAN, had tables welded, brought in the equipments… 4 weeks later, the room was ready for the first training sessions with 25 teachers. Despite being on vacation at the time, all of them showed up every day for 2 weeks !
21 Raspi 2 (20 for students + 1 on the teacher's desk with a Optoma ML750 LED projector (both protected by a UPS), 1 small laptop attached to a scanner, another one working as a small test server (to be replaced at a later date) with SAMBA and a LAMP with Moodle and WordPress, a fast recto/verso network printer… All machines running Ubuntu MATE. Very smooth, very exciting !
This is the third such Computer room we install in Togo. The previous one was set up with Raspberry Pi 1s in a small village lost in the mountain…
I am now convinced that the model of "Raspberry Pi" computer labs is an ideal solution to bring ICT to small schools in developing countries, where resources are scarce. Last year, I was so happy to advise another community, 500 km away, on how to install their own nano-computer room on the same model. I have not seen the room myself, but I am sure it has already brought a lot to the young people who have been using it for a full year.
My goal is now to raise enough funds to set up one other room in another school each year for the foreseeable future. Hoping that other communities will want to copy the model and build their own at the same time.