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The Pacific Islands region is in the midst of an information and communications technology (ICT) revolution that could have profound implications, particularly for democratic governance and the regionâs development.
The Pacific Islands are experiencing a digital transformation that could have major implications, particularly for democratic governance and potentially for the region’s development. Some of the fastest-growing rates of mobile phone uptake in the world are changing the way Pacific Islanders communicate, learn, engage in political debate, coordinate activities and access services.
Through the wisdom of uncertainty I will find my security
Going into this next school year everything- and I mean everything is still uncertain. We still lack teachers and funding and students-the essentials to starting any school. I help teach computer studies, and we still need to find computers and funding for our teacher… yes there’s a lot of uncertainty.
I am working to find security in this unknown. Having worked at Epi High School for one year now I can understand how things often fall together at the last minute. I’m excited to work alongside our hard-working faculty and administration, and to inspire and be inspired by our students.
At least some things are certain, it will be a beautiful year.
Rosilla shows off her acrobatic skills during a short break between harvesting pineapples and eating them.
Rosilla’s family and I harvested 14 giant pineapples that day, then we walked them the 40 minutes down through the bush back to our village.
A Day in the Life of Lynn Overmyer, Epi High School’s Peace Corps Computer Teacher. September 8th, 2013
Photo 1) The student time keeper rings the bell at 5:45 each morning announcing the beginning of a new day at Epi High School
Photo 2) Today I am one of the duty teachers, which means that I work with the students from the first bell in the morning until the last bell at night.
Photo 3) From 6:00-6:30am all 230 students head outside to clean up the campus. Us duty teachers make sure that students are on task. Mostly I just walk around saying good morning to my students and enjoy watching the sun rise over the trees.
Photo 4) After making sure that the students are preparing their breakfast, I run to my house and grab some bread and peanut butter, awaiting the next bell.
Photo 5) The next bell announces breakfast for the students. After giving the morning announcements and prayer I help make sure that everyone gets a piece of bread and a cup of tea. This is made difficult because we don’t have enough spoons, kettles, or bowls for all of the tables.
Photo 6) After breakfast I teach two classes- 12th and 10th graders. My 12th graders will be taking the national computer exam for the first time ever, so today we are reviewing the database section (SQL=Sequential Query Language, etc.) I love working with the 12th graders because the material is more difficult and most of the students are rising to the challenge.
Photo 7) After four class periods we break for lunch. I give the prayer, make sure everyone gets rice and tin fish, run back and cook my lunch on the fire, gobble it up, then head back to class.
Photo 8) Every day my 9th grade girls arrange a new bouquet on my desk. Today’s features frangipani and bougainvillea blossoms. I love this part of my day.
I teach another class or two in the afternoon, then get things done around my house, work on lesson plans, hop over to the village to say hello to my host family, or do an activity with the students (or just relax).
Photo 9) I often have evening classes in order to get the most out of our limited number of computers. As duty teacher I also supervise their evening study hours and dinner. This evening I set up a showing of ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ for our 7th graders who had just finished reading the book in their English class. They gave it mixed reviews but were generally glad to be skipping study hour.
After making sure the students are in their dorms I head back to my house and am usually safely tucked into my mosquito net by 9:00 when the generator turns off and the campus rests for a few hours.