Simon Harris TD launched Camara Education’s #PledgeIT campaign at our headquarters in Chapelizod earlier today (Tuesday). Camara has been selected to speak at next week’s Web Summit, where CEO John Fitzsimons will ask businesses and individuals to pledge their IT equipment to educate 500,000 disadvantaged children in Africa.
“We want to get pledges for enough equipment to educate 500,000 children, which is almost 24,000 computers. These computers WILL be in schools within six months, delivering better education to children in disadvantaged areas, and giving them a fair chance in life”, said John of the campaign.
Education is recognised as one of the primary factors in breaking the cycle of poverty. As Nelson Mandela said in 2003, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Technology is now at the heart of education the world over, which is why it is even more important than ever that underprivileged children have access to educational technology.
Minister Harris lent his support to the campaign, which has already received donations from the Office of Public Works – just one of the state bodies that the Minister has responsibility for.
“The work that Camara is doing in Ireland and in the developing world is so important for the future – not just of education or eradicating poverty – but also of economic success. I’ll certainly be encouraging as many government departments as possible to get involved in donating computers and equipment. I think it’s really fitting that you have been chosen to speak at the Web Summit, because you’re never going to have a more captive audience, so I really hope – and expect – that your campaign will succeed. ”