About

Award-winning International Social Enterprise

About

Camara Education is an international not-for-profit whose mission is to use technology to improve education in low income communities. We believe better education gives people the tools to create better life opportunities for themselves.

Founded in 2005 in Dublin, Ireland, Camara has been installing computer labs in Africa for over 15 years – 10,500 schools – training 55,000 teachers and enabling 3.5 million children to become digitally literate.

None of this would be possible without the generosity of our funders, computer donors and those who sponsor our labs. 

Camara is a registered charity in the US, Ireland and the UK. It currently operates five Education Hubs in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania), and one in Ireland. All Hubs operate as social enterprises serving local market needs through a sustainable business model.

Our Impact

Learn about some of our programmes and the impact they are having on the lives of students around the world

Camara's Social Enterprise Model

We operate through local ‘Education Hubs’ in each country in which we work. These Hubs are are not-for-profit social enterprises and are responsible for delivering all Camara’s projects in country.

“A social economy enterprise operates like a business, produces goods and services for the market, but manages its operations and redirects its surpluses in pursuit of social and environmental goals.”

– Defining the Social Economy, by Fiona Salkie, Senior Policy Analyst, WD Headquarters, Edmonton

Sustainability : From Companies to Schools

We take computers donated by companies, securely erase all data on them and then where possible re-market them for reuse.  Money made from this re-marketing is used to purchase suitable computers for use in schools.

  • These computers are sent to our Education Hubs in Africa and Ireland, who in turn set them up as computer labs in schools in socially-deprived areas
  • Our Hubs train the teachers and school leaders how to use the labs to teach digital literacy
  • Camara also designs different educational software packages, tied to the local curriculum, that supports the teachers in STEM subjects
  • Our Computer Labs are supported by warranty and maintenance contracts with the schools
  • We incentivise schools to return end-of-life computers so we can ensure they are ethically recycled

The Name and Logo

‘Camara’ is a West African Bantu-derived word and means ‘teacher’ or ‘one who teaches with experience’. The correct pronunciation is ‘Ca mar ra’.

The ANANSE NTONTAN (“spider’s web”) symbol comes from the adinkra symbols found in Ghana and historically used by the Asante tribe on cloth, walls and in pottery. Traditionally it is a symbol of wisdom, creativity, and the complexities of life.

Governance

Find our annual Impact & Learning reports along with governance details, policy documents and audited accounts

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