Her excellency Lela- Alem Gebreyohannes Telday, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Ireland, today visited Camara’s refurbishment centre in Dublin, where she witnessed the dispatch of a container of 740 computers to our educational hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Camara staff and volunteers with Ambassador of Ethiopia

Camara staff and volunteers with Ambassador of Ethiopia

Today, coincidentally, as the 23rd container was dispatched from Dublin, our team in Ethiopia welcomed the arrival of its 22nd container. To date 11,500 computers have been sent to Ethiopia by Camara.

“Ethiopia is one of the poor countries of the world, but now it is known as the fastest growing economy”, stated the Ambassador, “we are now on the right track towards sustainable development, and education and technology are the pillars”.

The computers shipped today will be installed in schools in the regions of Oromia, Addis Ababa and Benishangul Gumuz – and along with the teacher training, maintenance and support will bring huge improvements in the quality of education.

Container being unloaded in Addis Ababa today

Container being unloaded in Addis Ababa today

These eLearning centres are being installed as part of Camara’s 5 year agreement with the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia to deliver 17,500 computers and train 5,000 teachers.

“It is really wonderful to be here, and on behalf of my government and myself I wish to express my appreciation, and congratulate you, on all of your involvement in Ethiopia”, said the Ambassador, in front of Camara volunteers and staff today.

Camara CEO John Fitzsimons also spoke on the occasion, expressing his thanks to Camara’s dedicated team in Ethiopia for their continued hard work. Ethiopia Country Director Shakeel Padamsey, on a Skype call from Addis Ababa spoke about Camara’s operations in Ethiopia, emphasising the importance of “appropriate and needs-based teacher training as well as ongoing technical support”, to accompany the supply of computer equipment.

The last computer is loaded

The last computer is loaded

Camara Ethiopia has a team of 12 full time staff and 30 volunteers who are on 3 month placements delivering training, PC maintenance, monitoring and evaluation and technical support to all Camara schools. The hub also has an agreement with UNESCO-IICBA to collaborate on teacher development, and received an award in October 2013 from the Minister of Education for ‘outstanding contribution to education sector development’.

Read more about our Ethiopian hub, or get in contact for more information.

You can also donate computer equipment to Camara.