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Science and Arts Foundation Newsletter: Bam in the News

Newsletter No. 53: June-July 2007,

SAF in Bam in News

SAF was the main NGO that, after the Bam earthquake, made a major contribution in helping the children to overcome their trauma by helping them in an IT centre, which was set up in couple of temporary prefabricated buildings. SAF Bam ITC (Information and Communication Technology) resource centre officially opened in December 2006 and already they are making good use of this Centre.

SAF's new project in Bam is to use this ITC resource centre as part of a long term strategy for education at schools in Bam, by training trainers and thus truly empowering the locals for their future needs.

In Bam, SAF has published a handbook for both primary and secondary schools based on the first Persian Linux operating system for children, called Sharif Linux, which was designed by Farsi Web Company at Sharif University of Technology. The SAF plan for Bam also includes establishing a central point for connecting educational institutions to the internet via wireless and eventually creating a virtual school.

The SAF local office, in cooperation with the local educational authorities, invited interested teachers from all schools in Bam for training. About 200 teachers who had applied were interviewed by the training staff. 65 of the teachers were chosen to undergo the training, which was supported by UNICEF Iran office. You may be surprised to know that out of the 65 successful applicants, 45 of them were women.

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ENO School And The Iranian Students

ENO School is an international online school.

Four themes are studied within a schoolyear and during this time students will learn about the issues relating to development and environment awareness, both online and offline. The ages of students are between 10 to 18 in this virtual school.

The themes of the 2006-2007 school year were:

-The Place We Live In: ENO Tree Planting Day
- This Is Our Nature: Climate Change
- The Way We Lead Our Lives: Ecological Footprint
- This Is Our Culture: Traditional Food

This year the students of 7 schools from Iran participated in this project, which ended in June 2007.

Junior students of Kherad High school, one of the 7 participating schools, started they schoolyear with an event covering the first theme: they planted trees around their school on the 21th of September 2006.

Then they described their city as it was back in 1956, now and what they would expect it to be in 2056. The descriptions are available in the ENO website.

As part of the 2nd theme, they participated in UNESCO climate change competition. One of their activities during this exercise was collecting and makingpledges related to climate change for ENO pledge-bank.

The third theme covered the Ecological Footprint and the students learnt the concept of Ecological Footprint and how they can reduce it in their daily activities. The course finished by the studentspreparing their traditional foods and uploaded their papers on the ENO website.

For more information about ENO and participants you can visit :

and you can read the news of the ongoing schoolyear at:

Hearing Impaired and Nezamafi High School ( HIP)

With the help of Science and Arts Foundation (SAF), Nezam Mafi School for Hearing Impaired People (HIP) Has been equipped with a computer site and internet access. Some of the students' projects at this centre are listed below:

-HIP Gesture in Persian, English and Arabic

-The International Project of Origami in iEARN

-The International Project : Daffodil and Tulip

-Making an Information Supply Base for Poets

As the HIP need to be enable to use other sources of information, the students decided to start a project to prepare a three language resource ( Persian, English and Arabic ) of the words and corresponding gestures.

Teachers and students designed a website for this project and the words and phrases that were gathered, were placed alongside their related gesture on this site.

This project had been registered as an iEARN project.

SAF has also designed a website for HIP,, where you can find news and information about HIP.

There is also a forum for chatting and exchanging ideas in the site.

For more information and details of the projects you could visit the complete article.

Publication of the Linux Books for Primary Schools

Sharif Linux is a bilingual Persian/English operating system, which has been developed to meet the local needs of Iranians, specially the Farsi speaking users.

It is the result of the research that was undertaken by the FarsiWeb Project and Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. since early 1999.

As noted above, as part of SAF's activities in Bam, a version of Farsi Linux for primary school students has been developed and a book named "Computer Literacy For Primary School Students" has been published for teaching students to work with Farsi Linux operating system.

FarsiWeb Company has produced this book at the request of SAF and UNICEF, as part of the development of computer literacy for primary school students. The first batch of these books were sent to Bam students to help them in their use of computers and IT education at SAF IC, which were set up after the earthquake. you can see more information at:

Also a version of this book have been published with the support of International Qeshm Energy Company for the use of primary and middle school pupils in Qeshm. You can find information about the Qeshm Energy Company at:

If you would like to support SAF promote education programs such as the one above, please visit:

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