Micro:bits for Ascension Island

micro:bits for Ascension Island

The Micro:bit Foundation will be sponsoring sixty micro:bits for the Two Boats Village School on the Ascension Island.

The school on this isolated volcanic island was originally built in 1966 to educate the children of BBC staff employed at the BBC Short Wave Relay Station on the Island. Currently there are ninety children, ranging from ages 3 to 16, all following a curriculum based on the United Kingdom's. Fifty years after its creation, the “BBC” school continues a vital role in the education of the children of all the employing organisations on the Island.

Ascension Island Map

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school the Micro:bit Educational Foundation was approached by BBC World Service who suggested the sponsorship of a set of micro:bits for the school. The Micro:bit Foundation was of course pleased to help and we will be sponsoring sixty micro:bits to support the secondary school students with their studies and to help provide them with opportunities to develop computer coding and software skills and keep them in touch with the developing world.

Alison Emerson, Headteacher of the school said: "Imagine their absolute delight at the prospect of receiving their very own BBC micro:bit as a gift to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary! No longer is our isolation our deprivation, the children of Two Boats will be able to learn to program and make codes, enhancing their learning tenfold. It brings our children in line with 21st century technology and the endless possibilities open to them."

Ascension Island is a British overseas territory in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean around 1,600 kilometres from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometres from the coast of Brazil. There are no indigenous people on the island so it has always been a working island. Alison Emerson added: "There are no buses or trains on the island, no big name fast food outlets, none of the three shops on the island cater for the teen fashion market. By far the biggest difference is the very limited, very expensive and very slow internet access available to the young people."

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