Camara Zambia has since 2013 partnered with the Puma Energy Foundation on a project to improve and scale Camara’s impact in Lusaka and beyond. This project will provide up to 21,000 disadvantaged students across Zambia with the crucial 21st century skill of digital literacy.
The support provided by the foundation has enabled Camara Zambia to establish a vital new centre in the Choma region of Zambia, lying south west of Camara’s primary hub in Lusaka.
“From here we are able to bring Camara’s social enterprise model for ICT in education to many more schools in areas previously beyond our reach.”, explains Federica Malesardi, Camara Zambia Operations Officer. “This in turn means that many more teachers and children in Zambia will be given potentially life-changing 21st Century skills”.
The project will also deliver 40 eLearning centres across Zambia and train up to 280 educators to effectively integrate ICT into their teaching.
Pakachele Primary School in Foxdale, Lusaka is one school which has benefitted from this project. The school which has 178 students and 8 teachers, received 25 desktop computers and 3 laptops for their eLearning centre.
Finally, with the help of Puma Energy Foundation we are building our volunteer network, which will allow us to reach further into regions of Zambia that we have until now been unable to get to.
“We are extremely grateful for The Puma Energy Foundation’s support and delighted to be able to work in partnership with the foundation. We hope to work closely with Puma Energy employees here in Zambia, to deliver digital literacy across the country”, said Federica.
The Puma Energy Foundation works with communities around the world to improve lives. The organisation funds local projects that secure enduring positive change in communities by focusing on sustainable development initiatives, in this case in the education sector.
“The Puma Energy Foundation is proud to support Camara’s eLearning centres in Lusaka and Southern Zambia, close to Puma Energy’s own operations. Putting computers into classrooms helps break the cycle of poverty for the young generation. By gaining digital literacy skills, children can improve their educational and employment outcomes and in turn, help their families”, said Vincent Faber, Executive Director of the Puma Energy Foundation.
Camara Zambia has since 2009 been working to meet the demand for eLearning in the Copperbelt and Southern Provinces, providing opportunities to schools and community centres to improve the quality of education through ICT integration.