Day 10 — Farewell Maru-a-Pula

I am sitting in Sir Sereste Khama Airport, waiting for the boarding call to Jo’burg. Thus begins about 30 hours of sitting and waiting until I arrive home. I will sit through flights of one, 10, and 11 hours, layovers of one, one and three hours, and a final BART ride of one hour. I will likely be insane by the final leg! Thankfully, I have my laptop, iPod, two books, and the inflight entertainment to keep me more or less occupied during the trip.

I kept my last day as simple as possible. I presented my preliminary recommendations to Kofi, Andy, and Phil. We made some final changes to Andy’s computer. We imported 200 professional photos of the school into his iPhoto. Andy was particularly excited to begin emailing photos widely. We also gave him an admin login to the new MaP web site — the first time I have heard of a school of 600 students handing over direct editing privileges to the school principal! Andy was once a professional journalist and has a clear vision for how to market the school. We’ll be okay.

Computer lab

We spent the afternoon running final errands — Microsoft documentation for Phil, South African jazz and gifts for me. Ironically, installers arrived just this afternoon to link Andy’s house to the school network by radio signal. A little earlier, and I could have had Internet access in the house for the entire trip! The daily evening walks to the computer room were charming enough but not so convenient.

Final reflections on this trip will come later. For now, we can clearly see the path forward for MaP technology. The resources are in place, and changes are already happening. Great thanks to the MaP staff and Andy for hosting me so well during this trip. I will look forward to continued contact with the school and a return visit as soon as possible!


  1. Ben Casnocha says:

    Your wife didn’t pick you up at airport? A crime.

  2. rkassissieh says:

    Geez. She took her school to spring break, and took two kids to grandma’s house in Utah while I traveled solo. Isn’t that enough?

  3. rkassissieh says:

    Ben, you could have been there to pick up Richard. Where were you?