Highlights from Camara Education’s 2016 Monitoring & Evaluation Survey

As part of the current strategic plan, Camara Education conducts an annual M&E exercise in order to assess the relevance, effectiveness, and impact of activities it carries out.

The main purpose of the M&E exercise is to provide accurate information on the educational impact of Camara’s activities. Through Monitoring and Evaluation, Camara is able to measure the progress made in the performance of the Camara Hubs and the changes in satisfaction level of school leaders, teachers and students in relation to Camara provided ICT equipment, training and support.

Percentage of total schools surveyed per country

Percentage of total schools surveyed per country

 

This year, the M&E exercise was conducted in schools that received Camara ICT equipment and training in 2014. In the process, 86 school management representatives, 260 teachers and 1,513 students were interviewed from partner schools in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The schools were selected based on criteria including location (urban, peri-urban, and rural), the level of school (primary, secondary), ownership type (Government, private, etc.), and gender of students taught (female, male or mixed). 

The data gathered include perceptions on the performance of Camara hubs, the overall satisfaction levels of school leaders, the utilisation of the ICT resources for teaching, and the effects students feel the computers have on their learning, amongst other indicators.

 

Partner Satisfaction

This section focus on the reported levels of satisfaction amongst Camara’s education partners, and the changes from last year to this year. When it comes to Camara Hub’s performance, as reported by school leaders, the average score is 80% against 77% in the previous year. This is a total score based on a range of indicators of satisfaction levels, such as reliability of hardware and relevance of training. As such, it provides an accurate overview of satisfaction levels. 

Results of each area, comparing 2014 to 2015

The ‘attitude of Camara staff’ and ‘ease of communicating with Camara hubs’ are the highest scoring performance areas. These two high scores indicate that school management is generally happy with the way Camara staff conduct themselves and communicate with schools.

Students Satisfaction Levels on Camara Provided Computers

In addition to teachers and school representatives, students were also asked about their perception of the Camara provided ICT equipment. The chart below shows the results of the questions asked. The aggregated score is a combination of students responding either ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ to the statements. As can be seen, students reported high levels of satisfaction with using the Camara provided computers for their learning.

Overall, 92% of school leaders reported having a positive experience with Camara and there is a positive trend across the surveyed countries in terms of school leader reported performance of Camara hubs and satisfaction level of school representatives, teachers and students.

ICT Integration

An important area for achieving positive change in education through ICT is effective integration into teaching and learning. Therefore, teachers and school leaders were asked about the integration of ICT into teaching and learning following engagement with Camara and whether these outcomes have been positive for them. The chart below shows the results of some the most important outcomes in relation to ICT integration into teaching and learning.

Perceptions of Outcomes on Camara provided ICT equipment and Training

To sum up, the results of the M&E exercise indicate that the Camara provided ICT equipment and training continue to positively impact the teaching and learning process in partner schools.

Camara’s Ten Year Impact

Since 2005, Camara has raised and generated €20m, trained 24,000 teachers across 4,000 eLearning Centres, and installed 80,000 computers, enabling 1,800,000 children to improve their educational outcomes, including the attainment of better grades.

Camara Education 2015 in numbers

Camara Education 2015 in numbers

Compared to 2014, the number of computers distributed increased by 6%,  the number of teachers trained increased by 46% and the number of impacted students increased by 6%.

Students at Kipawa Libermann Pre _ Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

International Youth Day 2016

Today marks International Youth Day, a day where we can focus on inspiring and empowering a young generation around the world. There is a greater need more than ever to invest in youth today. This year, International Youth Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Camara Education is playing its role and working towards Goal #4 – Quality Education. Camara believes the world would be a better place if all young people were empowered through innovative education to create the life they want to lead.

Students at Kipawa Libermann Pre _ Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Students at Kipawa Libermann Pre-Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Limited access to educational excellence and innovation narrows the life chances of young people in many countries, most notably in Africa. Camara helps to unlock the potential of young people by working with governments, ministries of education, and other educational experts to help deliver to both schools and teachers in communities around the world. It delivers support, information, and technology to promote change and improvement in education to enable young people to attain better grades.

Education is a basic human right. But resources for schools are sometimes extremely limited. Camara provides schools with computers and the relevant training to help improve the education experience and to help communities access the digital economy. Through education, we believe it is possible to increase living standards. There are many studies and observations demonstrating the link between education and escape from poverty, and there are many ways to address access to and improvement in education.

Camara is dedicated to providing equal learning opportunities to children in disadvantaged communities around the world. We aim to empower and inspire the next generation of youths to fulfil their potential through the use of technology. By providing digital learning platforms for children in these communities we can open up a whole new world of information and help the youth of tomorrow fulfil their potential.

By using technology to simplify learning in the classroom, we can help build confidence and skills in our youth and give them the tools to be leaders and role models in their community. Every child is entitled to an education, we are working to provide a brighter future for those who need it most. By doing so we are giving youth a voice and the proper tools for them to develop and be able to educate those in their community.

The children in these countries are brimming with potential and we need to continue to support and enhance the abilities of our younger generation for future success. Together we can all make a difference in youth and skill development and work towards creating a more sustainable future for all.

Since 2005, Camara has raised and generated €20m, trained 24,000 teachers across 4,000 eLearning Centres, and installed 80,000 computers, enabling 1,800,000 children to improve their educational outcomes, including the attainment of better grades.