2013 was our best year yet, our superb team trained 3,419 educators and installed 8,742 devices into educational institutes across eight countries. 700,000 students have gained 21st century skills, and our impact will extend to 2 million under our new three year strategy. I had the pleasure of visiting a number of schools in Kenya and Tanzania in January, including Anzania Secondary School in Dar es Salaam. On behalf of these and the other 2,500 schools we work with, thanks for continuing to support Camara.
RTE Document Shipment of 10,000th Computer
In 2013, Camara dispatched a record 10,000 computers to our educational hubs around the world. The final container of the year, destined for Kenya, also marked the shipment of the 10,000th computer to that hub since it was established in 2005. RTÉ television came to Camara’s Dublin workshop to film the loading of the container. You can see the report, as well as an interview here
Camara Ethiopia Partners with Costa Foundation
Camara Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Costa Foundation in Ethiopia to support schools in the coffee growing area of Bule Hora, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Camara and the Costa Foundation will collaborate to implement Camara’s eLearning Center model into four Costa Foundation secondary-level schools in the Bule Hora area, an extremely remote and rural coffee-growing region in the south of Ethiopia.
Camara Kenya to be the first point of collection for East Africa’s first large eWaste Hub
The East African Compliant Recycling facility (EACR) opened last December in Machakos County, close to Nairobi. It will collect electronic waste for recycling from a series of collection points across Kenya, including Camara’s Hub in Mombasa. Supported by Dell, EACR hopes to formalise eWaste collection in Kenya, as well as create employment and encourage micro enterprises to become collection points. (video link)
XP Computers can be reused to provide digital literacy to students
Companies upgrading their computers to avoid expected security risks relating to Windows XP, can donate their old hardware to Camara to help improve education for disadvantaged students. Microsoft Windows XP is due to be phased out this Spring, after 13 years. From 8th April 2014, the operating system will no longer be supported with technical assistance.
A team of seven visited Camara Haiti in Port- au- Prince to see first hand the success the Education hub is already having, transforming education and improving the quality of life for disadvantaged communities.
Used computers sent to Africa are revolutionising children’s lives. Waitrose Kitchen editor William Sitwell visits Ethiopia to find out how.
1,500 computers are fully refurbished and loaded with educational software, ready to be shipped from Dublin, but the lack of accompanying monitors is delaying delivery.
We were delighted to be chosen as the Official Charity Partner of TechCamp 2013, which took place in Dublin recently, to launch Microsoft’s new Windows products and solutions.
A project launched by Camara Ethiopia, in the Benishangul Gumuz region in the west of Ethiopia, will deliver eLearning centres to all 43 secondary schools across the region, and has already trained 160 teachers.
1,033 computers from Belfast Metropolitan College is the single largest donation received by Camara. Colin Daysh, Head of IT, 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.”
12 YMCA youth workers participated in a two day course, as part of the TechSpace programme’s first ever training session in N. Ireland. After further online training, the youth workers will set up TechSpaces in their youth projects.