Camara Ethiopia has launched a new project in the region of Benishangul Gumuz in the west of Ethiopia. This project will deliver eLearning Centres to all 43 secondary schools across the region, and has already trained 160 teachers and principals in ICT, pedagogy and leadership.
The region of Benishangul Gumuz is home to over one million people and is the location of the Renaissance Dam, a massive project to bring large scale hydroelectricity to Ethiopia. However, the region is classified as an ’emerging’ region as it suffers from extreme poverty – largely due to very poor infrastructure and services – such as power, roads, schools and hospitals.
Camara is working with the Federal Ministry of Education and the Regional Education Bureau of Benishangul Gumuz to address the lack of ICT infrastructure, through delivering computers to schools and training local teachers. This will provide students with key 21st century skills to improve the quality of their education. Over the coming months we will provide further training and technical support and conduct monitoring and evaluation of the project.
The Director of Special Support and Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education, Ato Mohammed Abubeker, visited the project site in November and met with teachers who were receiving training from Camara. “This project will move the quality of education forward one step”, claimed Ato Mohammed. “What Camara is doing in the emerging regions is an example for other organisations.”
Camara Ethiopia Country Director Shakeel Padamsey accompanied the Ministry representative on his visit. Shakeel was hugely encouraged by the commitment of teachers to improving teaching and learning processes, despite extremely challenging working conditions. “It is clear that the teachers understand fully the potential impact that ICT can have for them and their students, and want to take full advantage of the opportunities this project will bring”.
Camara refurbishes high quality used computers and loads them with educational software. The computers are then shipped to our educational hubs around the world, to be distributed at heavily subsidised rates to disadvantaged schools and communities. Local teachers are also trained in programs designed to meet the individual needs of that school. We then provide technical support through our local hubs as well as a recycling service at the end of a computer’s life. Through this, Camara is providing students with crucial digital literacy skills, empowering them to succeed in the 21st century.
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