Eshe lives in a rural village in Ethiopia, she hopes one day to go to Bahir Dar University to study Engineering, but her local school has limited facilities and no computers at all.
Without access to technology, Eshe only has one science textbook to read which she has to share with 5 other students. She feels like the prospect of getting into university is far removed from her current life.
Our solar learning lab would give Eshe a chance to access digital textbooks, animated videos and research engineering courses online, as well as giving her the computer skills she would need to keep up with other students at university.
Hakim goes to school when he can, but also has responsibilities in the family business selling cosmetics at the local market. He wants to make the family business more successful and keep better records of their sales, but without access to a computer he can only record these in a notebook.
When he does go to school, he finds it hard to focus on the lessons – as a visual learner he finds it hard to engage with lessons which have no interactive elements, he finds it hard to keep up with his peers.
Our solar learning lab would give Hakim access to Microsoft Office and the skills to use it effectively to help his families’ business. He could also use the internet to research new products for his family business, and learn new selling techniques to help their business grow.
These stories have been created using quotes adapted from real students in Ethiopia and based on the experiences we’ve seen there.
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