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Beyond the Net Application Sample

To help you writing your application we have asked one of our grantees if we could share is proposal. Please read through carefuly we hope you’ll find the inspiration you’re looking for.

This sample follows the structure of the Beyond the Net Online Application Form.

  1. Project Summary
  2. Statement of Need
  3. Solution Description
  4. Goals and Objectives
  5. Project Timeline
  6. Project Constrains and Risks
  7. Evaluation: How will you know if the solution proposed is successful and contributes to improve people’s life? Provide information on the metrics that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the project.
  8. Replicabillity: indicate if the project is replicable. Describe how it could be transferred to others regions and/or deployed by other Chapters.
  9. Sustainability: How do you see the project evolving in the future? List the potential project results that might be taken forward, how will you find further financial support to make them sustainable in the long term.

Project Summary

Not more then 300 words. Provide a brief description of the Project indicating how the project relates to the Internet Society’s mission and values. Read more…

Thiayetou is the birth place of the most know scientific in west africa ( Cheikh Anta DIOP ) With the support of the computer science club of Ecole Superieure Polytechnique(www.esp.sn), the project aims to deploy in Thieytou’s primary school an open but secured internet connection shared through Wifi and an opensource online school management software linked to a website so they can follow the progression of their pupils. Through this project we wish to the whole village a free high speed internet access for information access destined to teachers, administrative staff and learners as well.

Statement of Need

Not more then 300 words. Describe the problem the project will attempt to solve. Also, describe the population that will be served.

Thieytou is a village at 27km of the closest city, and which’s school is currently used by populations from other villages around (Garame, Ndari, Koure, Ndialigue,…). Thieytou’s neighborhood encounter difficulties for information and education access. Its distance from the city also makes almost impossible for them to have technicians for hardware maintenance, even if in subsaharian zones dust is an omnipresent situation. university students from thieytou during breaks and vacations most of the time find difficult to come back to their village because they can not work online and prepare their exams from home. Teachers dont’ have the means to share and organize automatically all pedagogic data they handle in school and still do their work manually even if some of them have their own laptops or computers.

Solution Description

Provide a description of the innovative solutions the project will provide and how it will be implemented. Include information on what will be accomplished and the desired outcome. 

An 1Mb internet connection shared through wifi to the whole village, – create a local ethernet network with a long range wifi hotspot, – secure the internet access with parental control, hotspot firewall activation and remote control configuration for maintenance, – equip a open classroom (classroom and cybercafe usage) with low energy consumption computers based on micro computers, (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b/) and second hand screens and peripherals – install solar panales with battery in addition to landline electricity – deploy an online open source school management software (http://gepi.mutualibre.org/fr/main) – Help the school in data integration and train students, administratives and teachers in the software usage – Internet access tickets sales for adults – Train Family representatives in the software usage and internet access from the classroom

Goals and Objectives

Describe general goal of the project and list the project main objectives using the S.M.A.R.T. method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound).

  1. 1 Mb secured internet access deployment > installation of autonomous solar kit to support power needs of the open classroom
  2. 1 School pedagogy completly managed online
  3. 200 family members regularly accessing to internet
  4. 20 Teachers accessing to online academic ressources regularly
  5. 15% augmentation in pupils average grades
  6. 15 students trained for deployment and administration of online management systems for schools
  7. 5 Villages willing to get access to similar collaboration
  8. Financial balance between maintenance costs and Internet access tickets sales

Project Timeline

List the activities you will undertake to achieve the project goals and objectives. Be as detailed as you can. To help you in this task download/ complete and upload the project timeline sample in the “Documents area”.

1/07/2016 > Project Start 1/07/2016 – 15/08/2016

– Media preparation > Social networking coverage > TV / Radio / written journals coverage

  • Project Website deployment – Technical Preparations
  • Demo platform deployment
  • Equipments acquisition – Infrastructure preparation
  • Online Test server preparation for training usage
  • Production server online deployment
  • Internet access deployment
  • Solar kit deployment

07/10/2016 – 31/10/2016 > Staff and Teachers Training

  • Training documentation preparation
  • Powerpoints supports preparation
  • Teachers and staff user manual redaction, printing and copy
  • Students Training for assistance – 1 x School’s staff training session – 2 x Teacher’s staff training sessions

Note: only part of the timeline is displayed.

Project Constrains and Risks:

Describe what problems do you anticipate to encounter and how do you plan to solve it.

Cost of computers and their maintenance : usage of nano-computers protected by a box easily hidden behind a screen , the cost of the whole computer is around 90$ (nano computer + screen + peripherals ) > availability of Rapsberry computers on the local market : online acquisition > electricity stable source : installation of local solar kit > Energy consumption : reduced to 50% of classic computers with that technology > Communication problems : bilingual communication during presentations ( Wolof + french ) > Lack of terminals from outside the school : open access times to the open classroom > Documents printing costs for teachers : ticket sales for internet access from the open classroom > Regular maintenance of the equipments : agreement signature between ESP and thieyetou primary school

Evaluation: How will you know if the solution proposed is successful and contributes to improve people’s life?

Provide information on the metrics that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the project.

  1. Number of connections on the hotspot per week
  2. The used bandwidth for download from outside the school
  3. Augmentation of incomes of the open classroom
  4. Number of connections to the online classroom system
  5. Number of business opportunities for locals through internet access

Replicabillity: indicate if the project is replicable.

Describe how it could be transferred to others regions and/or deployed by other Chapters.

The documentation (installation and user manuals ) and shared experiences from this project will be fully available and maintained online by the participating IT Club members . It will help to spread the information on this project and ease the replication of the project. The actual agreement between Senegalese education ministry and Local main ISP for internet access free to 1Mb, web hosting and email adresses to any public school makes this project appliable to any senegalese public primary or secondary school.

Sustainability: How do you see the project evolving in the future?

List the potential project results that might be taken forward, how will you find further financial support to make them sustainable in the long term.

The evolution of the program should be the replication of the same collaboration model between ISOC, IT students organised in clubs and local rural populations. Each part will bring either experience, techical skills and ressource easily available to each without external intervention. The actual agreement between Senegalese education ministry and Local main ISP making internet access free to 1Mb and providing a web hosting and email adress to any public school is the fundamental basis of this project. Our proposal is there for based on its completion by providing to each of these schools in rural area the opportunity to use students originating from it to help freely. After being trained by a university Club , with the mentoring of ISOC senegalese chapter some of them will probably create some local business opportunities and enhance their area’s school system. The next steps will certainly be the spreading of the model to other schools and universities before organising them into a national collaboration.

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