We are really pleased to announce that we have now received over 110,000 donated computers and laptops in the UK which potentially could have gone to landfill. It only seems like yesterday we were celebrating the fact that we had crossed the 100,000 milestone!
This is a tremendous achievement especially given the COVID situation and we are so grateful to all our donors for their support. Without these computers and laptops we would not be able to continue and develop our programmes in both Africa and the UK to enable people access to IT. Your donations of IT equipment have meant that we have helped millions of schoolchildren in Africa and many thousands in Gloucestershire improve their IT skills and bridge the digital divide.
As ever we are always in need of equipment, so if you have any or know people and organisations who might have IT equipment please let us know. Email : email@example.com
Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters we have exceeded our Big Give #ChristmasChallenge21 target and raised £20,744. That's £9,670 in donations, plus £9,670 matching funds plus Gift Aid - for our teacher training programme in Zimbabwe. We are delighted and overwhelmed with the support we have had over the last week, raising more than we have done in previous years.
This vital funding will help us to deliver much needed digital skills training for 200 teachers to help improve digital education for students. The training courses help to develop knowledge and skills that will assist teachers and encourage the use of ICT in the delivery of all lessons to enhance the learning process.
We are excited to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 for the fourth consecutive year. Last year our teacher training project in Zambia was hugely successful, we reached our fundraising targets and have exceeded our target of the number of teachers trained. In just under one month the Big Give Christmas Challenge launches on #GivingTuesday (midday 30th Nov) - Could you support us?
Please save the date 30th November 2021 – 7th December 2021.
For one week only, online donations raised for our teacher training project in Zimbabwe, will be DOUBLED as part of a match funding campaign. For example, an online donation of £100 would be doubled to £200. If Gift Aid is claimed, the donation could be worth £225.
(Donations are doubled whilst matching funds last.)
Our goal is to train 200 teachers and improve the digital skills of teachers and students. Consequently students will leave school confident and digitally focused to improve their future education, employment and life prospects. Schools lack the resources to provide digital training for teachers. Teachers are left lacking the skills, motivation and confidence to provide a positive digital learning experience for students.
We believe the impact of our project will be improved digital literacy for better educational opportunities for Zimbabwean students. Over time we expect a digitally enabled workforce to emerge in Zimbabwe, increasing efficiency and production.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note only donations made through our Christmas Challenge campaign page on the Big Give website, using a valid debit or credit card, from midday Tuesday 30th November to midday Tuesday 7th December will be matched.
Our aim is to help people in Gloucestershire to improve their digital skills. We have partnered with Digital Unite to deliver digital skills training through digital champions, shared learning and best practice to enable digital and social inclusion.
In the last year, we are delighted to have trained over 40 Digital Champions across Gloucestershire. Working with our community partners we aim to support more people to improve their digital skills and realise the benefits of being online. Many of those who aren't online don't feel comfortable learning on their own and need personal, one to one support focusing on overcoming the barriers of being online and engaging use of the internet.
We want to grow our Digital Champions network; could you volunteer as a Digital Champion and help change someone’s life? If you think you'd like to help please email email@example.com
The aim of our project is to improve the digital skills of teachers and students to aid vocational skills and facilitate entrepreneurship. The project will improve the proficiencies of teachers, children and school heads and will help to integrate the use of ICT into teaching and learning.
Currently, schools do not have the resources to provide digital training for teachers. Teachers are left lacking the digital skills, motivation and confidence to provide a positive digital learning experience for students.
Without a digital education students are missing out on the opportunity to learn how they can apply technology to their lives, to use it practically and innovatively to help improve their future prospects.
The training courses are specifically aimed at developing knowledge and skills to assist teachers when delivering ICT in education. This helps to give them the confidence to use ICT more in the classroom, making teaching easier and more interactive for the students.
"There is an increased need for more knowledge on how to use IT in the learning process, an area where most teachers have been found wanting. It would be great to have more training where teachers are empowered to effectively and efficiently use this technology."
IK Chibona, Deputy Head, Usher High School, Zimbabwe
Could your company or school support our project?
Join us in training 200 teachers and enabling students to leave school confident and digitally focused to improve their future education, employment and life prospects.
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to support and connect digitally excluded communities in Gloucestershire. The DigiBus project will take digital technology and learning to the people who need it most; crossing the county in a converted double decker bus, stopping in towns and villages for a few days at a time providing a free digital skills training service.
Digibus aims to educate and inspire; as well as providing vital digital skills training, it will demonstrate how other exciting technologies work.
Digibus are now looking for volunteers to help our IT trainers give digital skills support and to drive the bus, so please if you'd like to get involved, or stay updated about Digibus, including timetabling and events. For more information and to sign up to the newsletter email: email@example.com
To find out more and please visit the DigiBus website here.
We are delighted to share our achievements in Africa and the UK over the last 17 years. Whilst we are known widely for our work in Africa to improve digital literacy for school children, our work in the UK is hugely important to us and we look forward to supporting more communities in Gloucestershire in the coming months as our DigiBus launches. This exciting and innovative project will provide free digital support where it’s needed the most.
Our achievements since 2004
With your generous support, we are proud to have achieved:
5,300,000 children in Africa given access to digital education
100,000 computers and laptops collected
17,000 learners given digital skills support in the UK
830 teachers trained in Africa
33 e-Learning labs installed in schools and community centres
The team at ITSA recently wished Roger a very well deserved and happy retirement. For over 15 years Roger (known to us all as Rog) has been travelling up and down the breadth of the country collecting computers and monitors from schools and businesses, loading them on to his van and bringing them back to ITSA as well as taking them (once the hard drives have been wiped) to the various prison we have used.
Many people might not be aware but before working with ITSA, Roger had a history of going in and out of prison – (purely for legitimate reasons!) as he used to collect and deliver bicycles for the Inside Out Trust – a charity where prisoners repair bikes which get sent out overseas. So it was a natural fit that Rog started working for us as he knew the challenges he would face.
Roger was presented with a unique handmade clock which was an exact miniature replica of his van, created by Marcel, made aptly from reused computer components. "IT Schools Africa would not be the charity it is today without your enormous contribution. Most people greatly underestimate the challenges faced collecting equipment. We cannot thank you enough for your dedication and hard work. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you. We wish you a very deserved and well - earned retirement. You will be missed greatly by the whole team.”
Simon Richardson, UK Operations Manager, IT Schools Africa
Our aim is to provide much needed digital support and skills to teachers working in rural settings or particularly deprived areas in Zambia. Many schools in these areas are poorly funded and under resourced which ultimately affects the education of the students. Our goal by the end of the year is to have trained over 200 teachers. Since January we have trained 60 teachers across the country, each benefiting from our five day digital training course.
The first training was delivered to teachers in the Bauleni compound on the outskirts of Lusaka. We then travelled to Kapiri Mposhi to our IT lab at the Baraka Learning Centre to deliver training to the community teachers. Teachers from 11 schools in the area attended the training.
Next stop and this time to Eastern Province and the small town of Chadiza for more training. This time we were asked by the school to stay a second week as there was so much demand from teachers.
The feedback has been really positive as teachers are learning not only syllabus related subjects but also the importance of security procedures and preventative maintenance for computers.
Feedback from teachers after completing the course:
100% of teachers believed the course has contributed towards
The average level of skill before the course was satisfactory and after completing the course was very good
“The training was a huge success and the impact was massively positive to the teachers. Though it was the first time, it ran better than expected and all the teachers appreciated it very much. More of these trainings would really change schools in terms of ICT levels.”
Baraka Community Partnerships
“Humbly appreciating your efforts to capacity build teachers in ICT at Chadiza School. Thanks, we have learnt a lot.”
Zacharia Lungu, Science teacher at Chadiza Secondary School
We are very excited about our new Digibus project, a mobile tech lab in a double decker bus, which will connect and provide a free skills training service for digitally excluded communities in Gloucestershire.
The so called digital divide is very real, as the world has become increasingly 'online' people lacking the skills or ability to access services and information are falling behind in society. Communities already digitally excluded have become further disadvantaged because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Digibus will make a difference to the lives of those most vulnerable; enabling users to better access relevant information and services, improve their digital skills, connect with friends and family, reduce social isolation and improve livelihoods.
On board the tech lab will be fitted with computers, laptops, tablets, a
3-D printer, robotics and coding and a virtual reality system. Digibus will travel throughout the county from late summer 2021, focusing on the areas and communities where individuals have the lowest engagement with the internet. The Digibus trainer will provide personalised sessions for visitors so they can learn as much or as little as they like; whether it's how to order their medication or groceries online, chat to friends and family, stay safe using the internet, or finding out about important services or social networks that can provide further support.
We are looking for volunteer bus/coach drivers to help with the project planning and to drive the bus, so please if you'd like to get involved, or stay updated about Digibus, including timetabling and events do sign up to the newsletter here.