The Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Aidan O’Hara, visited Jerusalem Primary School in Addis Ababa last week to see first hand how Camara is helping to improve the quality of education across the country. The Camara eLearning Centre, comprising of 25 computers loaded with educational content, was installed in 2011 and three teachers have received comprehensive training.
Students demonstrated their IT skills, by teaching the Ambassador some facts about Ethiopia and Ireland, using educational software on the Camara computers. One of the school’s Camara trained teachers, Ato Fesesa, explained that students use the eLearning Centre to gain IT skills and improve their knowledge of maths, science and social studies. Ambassador O’Hara commented that “what impresses most about Camara is the comprehensive package they provide. It is not just about delivering computers. The training they give and the dedicated software they have designed are what set them apart.”
Over 1,400 students attend the school and approximately 450 students use the eLearning Centre each week. Given the large number of students, the school is keen to start using new tools, such as a projector and laptops, to further enhance the teaching and learning process.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to show the Ambassador what Camara does, but it’s an even better opportunity for the school to really show how far they have come over the past two years”, said Shakeel Padamsey, Country Director of Camara Ethiopia. “We really appreciate His Excellency, Aidan O’Hara finding the time to see what we do – it’s hugely motivational for the school, as well as the whole Camara team”.
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