Find out more about the people who would be helped by a Solar Learning Lab in Mexico
You might take access to computers, the internet and technology in general for granted—but imagine if you were growing up in a town or community where such access was scarce or nonexistent. If you were a child or young adult in such a place, you would be at high risk of being left behind in today’s digital world. If only there were a way to bring technology to areas of the world without access…
That’s where our Solar Learning Labs come in. Built from converted shipping containers, these computer labs are solar-powered, which means they are self-sufficient and can be placed just about anywhere. With the help of our local partners, Solar Learning Labs provide an opportunity for young learners to benefit directly from the expertise of in-country trainers and gain first-hand experience with technology and the Internet.
With the help of our technology partner, Dell Technologies, we’ve opened 21 labs in 6 countries, with a goal of building 100 around the world by 2030. For the first time, we’re inviting people and businesses who share our mission to join us in funding these labs. We’re aiming to open 10 labs in Mexico, Ethiopia and South Africa by the end of 2020—find out below how you can help sponsor a lab today!
Computer Aid International and Dell Technologies have collaborated on Solar Learning Labs since 2011. We opened the first Solar Learning Lab in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2014 before launching a series of labs in South Africa. Since then, we have opened labs in Kenya, Morocco, Colombia and Mexico. Planned new labs in Ethiopia, South Africa and Mexico will bring our total to 26 labs worldwide. But we won't stop there—because the Solar Learning Labs model is designed to bringing about change in difficult environments, we have seen the impact the labs deliver. The installation of the classroom provides access to technology for the first time, but beyond that, the installation of a Solar Learning Lab is a message of inclusion and a force of change for a community or a school that needs transformation.
This video shows our previous project at the Tiempo De Juego youth centre in Colombia in partnership with Dell Technologies, when we launched a Solar Learning Lab in Cazucá near the outskirts of Bogotá in the Summer of 2016. The aim of this program was to build local institutional capacity to ignite aspiration-led learning for marginalised youth of Cazucá who came to the area to escape the violence caused by the armed conflict between illegally armed groups and the national army.
We've documented the progress made on each project on our blog, and you can also read previous case studies on similar projects we've achieved before
Solar learning Lab, Diepsloot School, South Africa The Solar Learning Lab installed at Diepsloot School South Africa has created a unique space for learning, and the opportunity