People’s Primary School Interactive tech library

Project description

This is one of our scouted inclusive innovation projects where children from Katutura are co-creating tech education innovations for the nation and beyond. In 2017, Mrs Helvi Itenge and Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus co-designed a state-of the art interactive tech library with learners from Katutura’s Tech education Innovation Space. The outcome was a full architectural plan of the children’s library design awaiting funding for the re-construction work of the current library building. Moreover, a number of unique tech innovations were prototyped, such as the spin the bottle education app, treasure hunt authoring, and magic mirror besides augmented story books in collaboration with NUST computer science students. The plan is to finalise the physical interactive tech library at Katutura’s Tech education Innovation Space, take selected prototypes into an innovation cycle and co-create further tech education innovations within the PPS’ s tech education innovation

Phase: Prototype

Project partners & Support received
  1. NUST research funds, students, interns, equipment for previous co-design workshops and publications
  2. NCRST research funds for previous co-design workshops and publications
  3. Funds for on-going activities

Support needed:

  1. Funds and/or material for Katutura’s Tech education Innovation Space interior and exterior building work (estimated 250 000N$)
  2. Funds and technologies for selected tech education innovation process (100 000N$ per app). Funds for on-going activities and maintenance of the innovation space.
Business model: Licences

Contact (for more information):
c/o Helvi Itenge yambekachildren[at]

    1. Child designers creating personas to diversify design perspectives and concepts for their own technology enhanced library H Itenge-Wheeler, H Winschiers-Theophilus, A Soro, M Brereton IDC ’18 Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children Pages 381-388, Trondheim, Norway — June 19 – 22, 2018
    2. Helvi Itenge and Heike Winschiers-Theophilus. 2018. People’s Primary School Interactive Tech Library Exhibition. In 2nd African Conference for Human Computer Interaction Proceedings. December 3–7, 2018, Windhoek, Namibia ACM, New York, NY, USA, 4 pages.
    3. The Metamorphosis of Kishikishi: Exploring Audience Experiences Telling the Same Story Just Different Media H Itenge-Wheeler, H Winschiers-Theophilus, A Soro, M Brereton Digitisation of Culture: Namibian and International Perspectives, 187-204
    4. Helvi Itenge-Wheeler, Essi Kuure, Margot Brereton, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus: Co-creating an enabling reading environment for and with Namibian children. PDC (1) 2016: 131-140
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