XIX Sustainability

Another task one must complete

  Sustainability

Some costs forever do repeat

  This is reality

 

Explore discuss and analyze

  Each cost schools may incur

So these won’t come as a surprise

  When they in time recur

 

Resource hungry – the internet –

  Increases the phone bill

For this one must a budget set

  Else it may over spill

 

Broadband for schools – an urgent need –

  Connected all day long

Provides required access speed

  But is not for a song

 

Not yet is there a zero rate

  The Act – it’s criminal –

Use of the web in a sad state

  Nearly dysfunctional

 

The use of electricity

  An increase will be seen

There will be much publicity

  By people who are green

 

Alternatives must be explored

  A source reliable

The sun and wind one can afford

  Far more dependable

 

With solar panels on a roof

  Sun light is caught by day

For this already there is proof

  At schools that go this way

 

Regardless of the method used

  A cost – always attached –

Non payment one can not excuse

  Must be with budgets matched

 

Do not forget insurance due

  It surely will reflect

That schools indeed have right their view

  Their assets they protect

 

A paperless society

  – Each one must save a tree –

Proclaimed with zeal and piety

  At present hard to see

 

By reams is paper now consumed

  The learners do need prints

Assignments – this can be assumed –

  In multi colour tints

 

Ink cartridges the printers use

  In time they do run dry

Replacing them one can’t refuse

  A school new ones must buy

 

Another source of great expense

  Is software licence fees

These may in cases be immense

  Put poor schools in a squeeze

 

The project plan must thus contain

  A list of all the dues

Those that occur time and again

  And that one can’t refuse

 

Once has been ascertained the need

  Of costs that will repeat

Make sure it is accompanied

  By payment plans complete

 

How will schools manage every bill

  – Donations or school fees –

Perhaps a kind supporter will

  Help them the burden ease

 

It is important to ensure

  There’s continuity

For hiccups one must find a cure

  Else face futility

 

This must go in the plan as well

  To make it clear to all

How funding fears schools can dispel

  Avoid a cash shortfall

 

A work schedule is next in line

  It links each sep’rate chore

The who and when it does define

  A way to keep the score

 

A tool for this is a Gantt chart

  It helps order maintain

Get planning down to a fine art

  A time frame tight retain

 

The project plan at last is done

  Much time on it is spent

Through Q A it must still be run

  To verify content

 

Cross all the t’s and dot the i’s

  Of each and all the parts

Make sure each line in it complies

  Before the project starts

 

All stakeholders must sign the plan

  Once all of them concur

P Ms must through the project’s span

  With each of them confer

 

When all is ready to commence

  This most ambitious task

One needs a dose of common sense

  And when in doubt – must ask

 

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