- 53 schools buy equipment
- 610 computers supplied
- 48,800 students given access to ICT
We started the Buy One Get One Scheme at our programme in Zambia to support schools that have very few or no IT facilities. The cost of living in the country remains high and fuel prices are among the highest in the world. With very little funding from the government, schools struggle to buy computers, even at low cost. We’ve found that by offering an incentive to help schools buy their first computers, this is having a significant impact.
Since January 2018 the scheme has helped:
We know that there are still many students who can’t access a computer and we want to do more to help these schools. We hope we can fund a further 300 and provide a total of 600 computers to schools in Zambia in 2019.
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IT Schools Africa is planning to open a digital learning centre in Cheltenham as part of its vision to improve access to e-Learning technology. One of the charity’s 2021 goals is to support local groups or individuals who have limited digital skills and/or struggle to access online services. Our aim is to help people benefit from new skills and for them to be motivated and confident using e-Learning technology.
IT education is the foundation of what we do, giving access to digital skills and services to help people in a friendly and supportive environment. We want to provide a place where people feel welcome to come and learn at their own pace. For more information email email@example.com
We are a member of Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network, a proven foundation for delivering meaningful digital participation.
Grateful thanks to all our supporters who donated in the @BigGive #ChristmasChallenge18. Every donation from £5.00 upwards was important to us. Together we have raised £22,828 (including matching funds and gift aid) smashing our target!
The money we raised will provide an e-Learning lab for Chichiri Community Day School in Malawi. The facilities will provide access to quality IT education for the school's 364 students. Over a period of 6 years 2,300 students and teachers will benefit from the new lab.
Through your generosity we are able to transform more lives through IT education, offering improved educational and life opportunities. Thank you for supporting IT Schools Africa.
We are delighted to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of a match funding campaign which has the potential to DOUBLE donations made to our charity.
Save the date. The Christmas Challenge 2018 opens at 12pm (midday) on
27th November (#GivingTuesday) & closes 7 days later, at 12pm (midday) on 4th December. The campaign offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to double their donations during this week. For example, an online donation of £100 is doubled to £200. If Gift Aid is claimed, the donation could be worth £225. Donations are doubled whilst matching funds last.
Our aim is to raise funds for a School Computer Lab Project in Malawi.
To provide a secondary school in Malawi with a fully functioning computer lab to transform their existing inadequate facilities. There are extreme levels of low computer literacy in Malawi as most schools are yet to introduce basic computer literacy into their curriculum. The lab will provide greater access to ICT, helping students to achieve better results and improve their education opportunities and job prospects after they leave school.
We are working to improve computer literacy in Malawi, to date we have provided 20 computer labs to schools most in need in the country. This is a typical school IT lab we have installed.
Together we can transform lives through access to quality IT education.
We are proud to announce the opening of our latest e-Learning lab at Kapanda Secondary School in Malawi, in partnership with RIPPLE Africa. How wonderful to see this eagerly awaited project come to fruition! This facility has been equipped with 60 desktop computers for students, one laptop for the teacher, a digital projector and a laser printer.
Previously the school had just five laptops but with the new lab they are are the only community day school in the area with such impressive ICT facilities. This will have a real impact on the levels of IT literacy in the district and enable more people to access ICT education.
School building work started in June and the computer lab was officially handed over to the school at the end of September. The whole team have worked really hard to complete it in such a short time and to such a high standard. The computers are pre-installed with educational resources and the aim is for the students to be equipped with computer literacy skills so they can sit and pass exams to prepare them for the future educational and employment opportunities.
Collaboration brings great results and we are committed to working with our partners to transform the provision of quality education.
We are thrilled to receive the GEM Exemplar Employer accolade which recognises an employer's commitment to the value of providing opportunities which enhance employability and life skills, as well as creating a positive impact on the community.
A GEM Exemplar Employer is an organisation that believes every person should have an opportunity to engage in meaningful work. An Exemplar Employer goes the extra mile by providing an opportunity or opportunities for people who are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the world of work.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with GEM to support and train people currently out of work and help to provide pathways into further education or employment.
We are excited to start a new project in Cameroon, in conjunction with MASHAV, the Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation. With the help of the Israeli Embassy we were able to donate 20 computers to the Tassah Academy, providing them with a new IT Lab. The Tassah Academy is a secondary school with 600 students in the country's capital Yaounde. The school was set up in 2009 by Janet Fofang, an electrical engineering teacher passionate about increasing the number of women in technology.
The IT Lab was officially opened on the 31st July, by senior delegates of the Israeli Finance & Foreign Affairs Ministries and the deputy British High Commissioner.
Q - Please tell us a little about your background and your links to Africa.
Lucy - I’ve been travelling to Africa for 18 years, initially on a gap-year which left me with an overwhelming desire to ‘give something back’ which sounds a total cliché but it was as simple as that. It ignited my passion for travel and discovering the unknown (to me) and after studying at university and spending four years working in the corporate world, I moved to Africa. I worked in South Africa initially and then in Zambia where I stayed for five years. During that time I ran a charity that supports education and health community-based initiatives. After returning to the UK I was amazed to find ITSA, an African charity almost on my doorstep...four years on I am proud to be part of the work that ITSA does in Africa and the UK.
Q - Please could you share your views on the long term vision and goals for ITSA.
Lucy - I am looking to the long term impact we can have; for me, enabling children to grow up with computers, to become who they want be and making their own choices in life, this is what is important. So if we can help by reducing computer: student ratios, increasing learning times and providing materials and training to educate teachers, students and the wider communities, this is a huge step towards integrating e-Learning technology into everyday life where we work. The goals for ITSA in the next three years are to see schools and teachers gaining the most from the e-Learning package we provide, to improve digital access for disadvantaged people, schools gaining more reliable access to power and Internet and governments recognising the value of e-Learning technology.
Q - Is it exciting times ahead for ITSA?
Lucy - 2018 looks to be a milestone year; by the end of the year we will have provided 21 e-Learning centres with over 800 computers to schools in 3 countries in Africa. We are particularly proud to start our first e-Learning centre in Zimbabwe, which is a sign of our commitment and persistence to help improve digital literacy in the country. I’m excited to see our UK Community IT Outreach Programme grow, in the last six months we have supported over 15 local community projects and we will be expanding the programme to include training and support for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the community. So much of what we are able to do is because of our wonderful volunteers, many of whom have been with us for years, they are in essence the heart of ITSA and we would not have achieved all that we have without them.
Niger is currently the lowest-ranked country in the world on the Human Development Index. Due to student, faculty and administrator strikes, it takes an average of five years for a university student to graduate with a three-year bachelor’s degree. To gain access to a quality higher education, the most talented students with the financial means to do so migrate to foreign countries and rarely return to Niger.
We are delighted to have supplied African Development University (A.D.U.) with laptops for their students. The newly opened university was struggling to provide ICT access to the students as computer equipment is scarce in the country. IT Schools Africa supplied 37 laptops to the university earlier this year, after meeting the co-founder, Meredith Segal.
A.D.U. was founded by a team from the Harvard Kennedy School and currently offers undergraduate programs, an MBA program, and executive courses. The university plans to train a new generation of skilled, ethical leaders and aspires to become a hub of innovation and excellence in higher education in West Africa over the next decade. We look forward to continuing to support them over the coming years.
Through our Community IT Outreach Programme we support local projects by providing high quality, refurbished IT equipment and technical support.
Our vision is to improve access for disadvantaged people so they can use e-Learning technology effectively.
We hope for users to recognise the benefit of e-Learning technology, that they will become motivated and confident and share their enthusiasm with others.
The GL11 Community Hub in Dursley, with help from IT Schools Africa, replaced all their ancient PC's with an up to date fully operational IT suite. This has saved the hub nearly £16,000 allowing valuable funds to be spent elsewhere.
The computer suite is used for regular weekly classes including; beginners and improvers computer classes, job club, homework club and computer skills for individuals with learning disabilities.
GL11 Community Hub commented “At least 100 people use the donated computers each week. Your donation was truly invaluable to us."
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