We’re one of the longest running ICT for development charities, and with projects across the world, we have a wealth of experience.
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We believe that education and technology are a powerful way to fuel development. We work with in country partners to help adapt training to the local curriculum. The qualification we train the teachers to get is the International Computer Driving License (ICDL), which is recognised globally, with centres all over the world. In South Africa we use the Computer 4 Kids methodology to increase the number of ICT enabled schools. We believe this is the best way to build resources for a sustainable impact. Our commitment to our mission has seen us working in 9 different locations across the country identifying and addressing challenges particular to each case, assessing and improving the efficacy of our model and its impact, and providing long-term support and results-led lesson sharing.
We have chosen South Africa because there is a national commitment to improving ICT for Education in schools but a shortage of training-capacity and equipment. Now, having proven the success of our model, we are aiming to set up a scalable Solar Power Learning Lab program in South Africa impacting 50 Schools in Mpumalanga or Eastern Cape provinces for the first time, training teachers and providing them with digital content which will be customised and aligned with the national curriculum. We will help teachers leverage technology to benefit the wider curriculum and monitor the effect on teaching and the student learning experience.
We have chosen Mexico because there is a growing skills gap between the public and private schools in the suburbs. Young people in Mexico have been traditionally served by the public education system and often don’t have access to new technology and ICT education. This access gap is exacerbated among lower socioeconomic classes, which seldom enjoy the tools and curricula offered by schools in more affluent areas. In addition, Mexico ranks last among OECD member nations in household access to broadband Internet.
We have chosen Ethiopia following the success of our previous work there, the appetite for digital skills has been proven and we believe Solar Learning Labs could make an even bigger impact. Ethiopia ranks 174 out of 188 countries on the United Nations’ Human Development Report, making it a critical area for educational investment. Our first Solar Learning Lab in this country will complement Dell’s first large-scale Youth Learning program in Ethiopia which aims to raise digital literacy rates. The conclusion of the 2017 study Educational Technology Implementation in Ethiopian High Schools (CHAP, Assefa, Temtim) stated that:
“ICT has many benefits for Education. But for developing countries like Ethiopia, there is a serious knowledge gap of how to appropriately integrate ICT in their educational system.”