12,000 – that’s the incredible number of computers that Camara Education has sent to disadvantaged schools in 2014 following the shipment of 952 computers and monitors to Ethiopia this week. It represents a record figure for Camara and also means that, since its inception in 2005, the social enterprise – whose service is unique among Irish charities – has dispatched over 60,000 refurbished computers to schools in Africa, the Caribbean and Ireland. This year alone, over 210,000 children have been impacted by the gift of digital literacy.
These figures show Ireland’s continued commitment to the charity cause, which allows Camara to serve the needs of students both at home and abroad. The lack of digital skills in many countries in Africa is a major barrier to breaking the cycle of poverty, and this is something which Camara is dedicated to changing. Through accessing refurbished computers, disadvantaged schools can arm their students with the 21st century skills needed to fill jobs in rapidly developing economies.
CEO John Fitzsimons spoke of his delight with the success of the last 12 months. “It has been a monumental 2014 for Camara, which has seen us hit record numbers thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses. It’s proof that our model is working, and I look forward to many more children becoming digitally literate in 2015 and beyond, as we scale up our operations even more.”