People’s Primary School Interactive tech library

Project description

This is one of our scouted inclusive innovation projects in which we are supporting the owner Yambeka Children Media with technical services. The project involves children from Katutura in 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

PPS Library concept design gallery (click to enlarge images)

Katutura’s Tech Education Innovation Space

Support needed:

Approximately NAD1,534,000 is required to help complete this project. The cost breakdown is as follows:

  1. Interior and exterior refurbishing  NAD630,000
  2. Construction cost (additions & alterations) NAD358,000
  3. Structural Engineer service NAD46,000
  4. Technologies NAD500,000
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. MTC Namibia for various technical equipment
  4. N$60, 800  from National Arts Council, 2020 (for construction of the boat and the Kishikishi model)
  5. N$28 500 from Marise and Laurie Richardson, 2018
  6. N$1000  from the Tech Bazar, 2019
  7. N$3000  from the ICT Summit, 2019
Business model: Licences

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

Awards and accolades

Since inception of the project in 2017, the team has obtained the following awards and accolades related to the project:

  1. The Interactive Tech Library concept won the 1st Prize in the Tech Idols Competition at the 6th National ICT Summit held at NIPM in Windhoek Namibia in October 2019 (N$3000 prize money) .
  2. Interactive Tech Library concept was selected in the top 40 of the best education innovations from Africa and was exhibited at the Innovating Education in Africa symposium(IEA) in Botswana, August 2019.
  3. Spin da bottle won third place at the Tech Innovation Bazaar 2019 (N$1000 prize money).
  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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