schoolboysOne reused computer can help to educate up to 21 children. Camara Education works to ensure as many computers as possible are reused to educate children from disadvantaged communities in Africa and elsewhere.  With better education, African communities can break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.

Camara will have a stand at Africa Day 2013 and will demonstrate the impact of reused computers, in order to highlight the importance of using education technology to enhance Africa’s economic future. Africa Day 2013 takes place  in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park  on Sunday May 26th, from 11am to 5pm. The event, sponsored by Irish Aid and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  celebrates the 50th anniversary of African Unity. It will reflect on the progress and transformation that has taken place across the continent and highlight the issues that continue to hinder its development, such as security, hunger and inequality.

Since its foundation, Camara has helped more than 500,000 children become digitally literate.  Most of them come from disadvantaged communities, serviced by Camara’s seven African hubs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Lesotho and Tanzania. Much has been achieved in the past seven years, but there is still more to be done. Through collaboration with Irish Aid and participation in Africa Day 2013, Camara will work to raise awareness of the impact of a single computer donation. Each reused Camara computer is installed in a low income school where it can provide digital literacy skills to 21 students. Instead of needlessly throwing away IT equipment people can donate to Camara to give students in disadvantaged communities the chance at a better education and consequently better life prospects.

Individuals and families are invited to visit Camara’s stand on Sunday to chat with volunteers, participate in activities and learn more about the important work Camara is doing for education. Why not try out Camara’s educational package of numeracy and literacy games on one of the refurbished laptops, which will soon be sent to an African school. Children can try our quiz about Africa and volunteers will be on hand to explain what Camara does and answer your questions.

Details of where you can drop off your unwanted computers can be found here

More information about Africa Day 2013 can be found at africaday.ie