Camara Education has now extended its reach as far as Haiti, the Caribbean country with the unfortunate label of being the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere. The first eLearning centre was recently opened in Île à Vache, an island off the south west coast.
The Camara project was a collaboration of Irish NGOs, led by the Digicel Foundation. Haven Partnership sponsored a computer laboratory which will serve three national schools, and Soul of Haiti assisted with the logistics of the project. The first Camara computers arrived in Haiti in May and were specially loaded with French Ubuntu software to support local people to further their education and develop important digital skills.
Ailish O’Reilly, project manager with Camara Haiti, was delighted at the impact the new computer labs were having already. She met Madame Pierre, who had never used a computer before. ‘We showed her one of the educational games and within five minutes she was working her way through the keyboard”, said Ailish. “Bon Samariten will be offering adult education courses soon, hopefully Madame Pierre will have the confidence to sign up for a class.”
Together with teacher training and support, these eLearning centres will ensure communities have access to important livelihood skills and a higher level of education, to help break the poverty cycle. The success achieved by Camara in Haiti can only be continued through the donation of used computers from organisations and individuals. Each computer received can provide digital literacy skills to 21 people.
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