In the run up to the 2013 Dublin Web Summit, Camara Education is seeking pledges of 5,000 computers to improve the education of 100,000 children in disadvantaged communities around the world.  Camara’s goal is to get pledges of a total of 5,000 used computers by the end of the Web Summit on 31st October.

Students from Scoil Mhuire support Camara's Pledge IT to Educate drive!

Students from Scoil Mhuire support Camara’s Pledge IT to Educate campaign!

Camara Education, a charity of choice supported by the Web Summit, will exhibit at next week’s event in the RDS which will be attended by thousands of technology professionals from around the world.  Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Web Summit, said, “It is vital that children of all backgrounds have access to technology and proper teaching. The Web Summit is delighted to support and provide a platform for initiatives that encourage this.”

John Fitzsimons, Camara CEO, will address the Summit from the People Stage on Thursday afternoon, to call on participants to pledge their used IT equipment to improve access to technology. He said, “Children from impoverished backgrounds have a much better chance of achieving their potential with access to technology.”

Over 500,000 computers are recycled in Ireland each year, and up to half of these could be reused by Camara to improve education. Data is securely erased before the computers are refurbished, with educational content installed and then sent to schools and community groups in Africa, Haiti, Jamaica and Ireland.

Camara will be accepting pledges at the Web Summit at the RDS on 30th and 31st Oct (stand #QHDT-1).

Organisations and individuals can make pledges by clicking Pledge IT to Education, connecting with @CamaraEducation using #PledgeIT, or emailing computers@camara.org.