Camara received its single largest donation ever of 1,033 second hand computers from Belfast Metropolitan College. The computers will be refurbished by Camara, and loaded with educational software, before being shipped to schools in Lesotho and Kenya. Thousands of students in disadvantaged communities will benefit from an improved education and valuable digital literacy skills to help break the cycle of poverty, better equipping them to find employment or start their own business.

Colin Daysh, Head of IT at Belfast Metropolitan College, said, “When we heard of the positive difference the College could make to the education and lives of young people in disadvantaged communities in Africa it was an easy decision to divert this resource from recycling to reuse. We often take our IT resources for granted, access to a computer will greatly enhance the educational experience for these young people and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Camera’s Belfast Hub and would encourage others to get involved in this worthwhile initiative.”

Computer equipment donated by Belfast Met being packed up by Camara Education, for disadvantaged schools in Africa.

Computer equipment donated by Belfast Met being packed up by Camara Education, for disadvantaged schools in Africa.

Up to 500,000 computers are discarded in Ireland every year, half of which could be reused in education. “By donating their old equipment for reuse rather than recycling, Belfast Met is promoting not only social and educational value, but also ensuring maximum environmental benefit”, said Jonny Lamberton, Manager of Camara N. Ireland. “We are delighted to receive this generous donation so we can continue to provide marginalised communities with an improved education.”

Since 2005, Camara Education has dispatched over 45,000 computers to 2,500 schools and youth groups in Ireland, Haiti, Jamaica and seven countries in Africa. 12,000 teachers have received training and support and over 600,000 children have benefited from a better education and valuable livelihood skills to help break the cycle of poverty.

Find out how to donate computers here.