In partnership with Utelize, this new Solar Learning Lab in Xitlhelani, South Africa will provide 11 workstations, 10 dedicated student workstations plus one for the teacher and members of the community will be given digital training through ICDL. Funding for this lab is open to Utelize’s partners exclusively.
For this project, our in-country partner will be the Amandla Foundation, which awards scholarships and moving allowances to children undergoing social vulnerability in the northeaster South Africa, specifically in Xitlhelani and Rhulani, Limpopo, the province with the highest poverty rate. Since 2014, they have worked with the families, schools, chiefdom leaders and the communities creating a strong and long-lasting relationship. Their mission is to break the social division through the quality of education. Through their work, they identified that bridging the digital divide is key to achieving this mission. This is where we come in, as one of the oldest organisations working in ICT for Development this project will help bring access to technology to the local community.
In addition, Guifi.net a bottom-up citizenship-driven technological, social and economic project to create a free, open and neutral telecommunications network and Zenzeleni, a community-owned wireless internet service provider based in rural South Africa will be involved in making this project a success.
Our Solar Learning Lab is built in a shipping container to allow ICT access in even the remotest locations. We have designed the program to build our local partners ability to coach students in the 21st-century skills which will be most useful to them and their local communities. We achieve this by bringing expert, in-country trainers to the labs.
The specific objectives of the Solar Learning Labs are:
- To provide a resource-rich learning space that brings together
- To benefit local education institutions with high-quality training partners
- To empower educators in their ability to provide valuable 21st-century digital skills
Intensive, hands-on training programmes inspire young people, develop their confidence in ICT, enable them to find fulfilling employment and enhance the quality of their lives. We’re installing these labs in areas that otherwise wouldn’t have access to ICT, potentially due to cost, unreliable power supplies or lack of resources.
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