Camara is an International organisation dedicated to using technology to improve education and livelihood skills in disadvantaged communities around the world. With better education we expect these communities to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.
Founded seven years ago in Dublin, Ireland the organisation has built a proven model of ‘education delivery’ that is both sustainable and highly scalable. Some 500,000 children in poor communities have been made digitally literate by Camara over this period.
To do this, Camara has:
- provided eLearning Centres to over 2,000 schools in Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean
- installed nearly 40,000 computers, and,
- trained over 11,000 teachers how to use the technology for learning purposes.
It currently operates seven Education Hubs in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Lesotho, Tanzania), one in Jamaica and one in Ireland. All Hubs operate as social enterprises and are financially sustainable after one year.
Camara has won a number of awards: The Vodafone World of Difference Award; The Arthur Guinness Award; The David Manley Award; The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award; The Lord Mayor’s Award (Dublin); and The Global Development Network ‘Most Innovative Development Project’ Award. Find about more about Camara’s awards.
Camara eLearning Package
Camara adopts a social enterprise model that sells the Camara package to schools at heavily subsidised prices making them affordable and valued to even the most disadvantaged communities.
Hardware and Educational software packages
Camara refurbish high quality 3-5 years old computers. These computers are sent to our Hubs where they are loaded with relevant educational software before being distributed to schools.
A range of training programs are designed to meet the individual needs of school teachers. In Africa this program covers basic computer literacy skills and courses in areas such as ‘Train the trainers’, and maintenance. In more developed countries courses cover areas such as Virtual Learning Environments and the pedagogy of ICT.
Provided by computer technicians working from our network of Hubs, this support is built into the sales contract signed by each school with technical backup ranging from 6 to 36 months.
At the end of their useful lives, computers are returned to the Hubs and replaced with a comparable machine. Obsolete equipment is then recycled by one of our accredited recycling partners.
What is the Plan?
Camara has a high impact, three-year plan to give 1.25 million children the chance to improve their lives by becoming digitally literate and improving their education. We will do this by:
- Setting up 3,000 eLearning Centres in schools in Africa and the Americas
- Training 10,000 teachers how to use those Centres to improve learning
- Opening new Education Hubs and Service Centres to support those schools
- Improving the quality and depth of the Camara eLearning package
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