About the project

The Dell solar-powered Learning Lab is a project that was started in partnership with Dell Technologies in 2011. We built our first center in Lagos, Nigeria and then decided to build locally in South Africa from 2013. Since then we expanded the program by installing 12 new Dell Solar Learning Labs in South Africa, 2 in Kenya, 1 in Morocco, 1 in Colombia and 1 in Mexico; this brings our total to 21 labs.

We have seen the impact this model can have in previous projects, it’s uniquely designed to bringing about change in difficult environments.

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.

Our Objective

Our Objective

It's been proven that technology can help to engage students in lessons, regardless of the subject. By incorporating technology in an education setting, the children who might have limited or no access to technology and education, now have access to both.   The project provides a sustainable philanthropic solution to any corporate or individual who wants to impact under-served children and youth. By contributing access not only to technology but also to an ICT curriculum, every school where the Solar lab arrives will also benefit from our teacher centred training-process.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the project is to improve education through technology in areas where access is limited.
"I can now confidently use the computer for various purposes and this has made me believe that I am not limited in any aspect of my academic life"
Students use their textbooks in the computer lab
Emmanuel Okere
Student of State Senior High School, Lagos Nigeria

How do we Measure Impact

  • Before
  • During
  • After

We will work with partners in country to select schools and communities where there is an identified need for access to technology.

We will monitor the set-up of the lab in each schools, to ensure that it is working correctly before it's used.

We will conduct a base-line survey to measure the ICT literacy of participants in the project before the training starts.

We will identify a minimum of 3 teachers to be trained in core ICDL modules at each school/lab.

We will ensure students can access and use e-Learner materials and curriculum at each school/lab 

We will provide access to digital STEM learning content and materials.

We will work with our in-country partner to provide necessary IT support to the schools/labs

We will conduct an end-line survey to compare with the first survey.

We will asses how many teachers passed each module and examine any barriers which might be preventing further achievement.

We will record qualitative data from students and teachers to find out how they feel the lab has impacted their education.

Computer Aid have helped

Our Focus Areas

Economic

This is an affordable solution to provide access to ICT in a secure and comfortable environment. Providing an opportunity to expand Corporate Social Investment (CSI, or CSR) and corporate sponsorships.

Efficient

It’s a fast way to deliver change without having to build brick and mortar style infrastructure which also allows relocation of  infrastructure if needed. Therefore the investment will not be lost if circumstances change at a school or community.

Community Development

We will work in partnership with NGO’s and schools to assess their needs for the solution & build in country. Set up in communities as a message of inclusion for the local beneficiaries, focusing on community ownership and empowering.

Environmental

The entire model runs off solar power and sustainable products like second hand shipping containers.

Impact

Each lab program must have an ICT curriculum that is measurable for its impact on the child.

The Lab Design

We've had many design variations working with the architecture firm Squire and Partners, and we've streamlined the design of our solar learning labs. Below are the designs for both a single and double Solar Learning Labs. In the double labs, beneficiaries also receive laptops to use in the breakout space, doubling the capacity of the lab.

Single Converted Shipping Container

 

 

Designs and illustrations by Squire & Partners

Double Converted Shipping Container

Line Drawing of double Solar Learning Lab
Item Single Lab Double Lab
Power Edge T430
1
1
Projector Dell M900
1
1
T440 Server
1
1
Dell Monitor 19
11
20
Dell Mobile projector
1
1
VMware Horizon View
1
1
Wyse 5010 Thin Client
10
20
Dell 14” Rugged Notebook
x
10

Our Supporters

Following the success of our Solar Learning Labs with Dell in the past few years, Dell are supporting this project. Dell is committed with this initiative by donating the funds, the technology and support for the first lab and the technology and support for another 3 labs to be deployed in 2019.

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You can give a little or give a lot! Every bit counts and will help us to continue providing access to technology

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