Camara Education installs computers in schools and youth centres and trains teachers to use them

Camara works with schools and youth centres in Africa and Ireland, in two ways. Through projects funded by large and small donors, and through social enterprise ‘sales’ to individual schools and youth centres.

What is a Social Enterprise?

“A social economy enterprise operates like a business, produces goods and services for the market, but manages its operations and redirects its surpluses in pursuit of social and environmental goals.” – Defining the Social Economy, by Fiona Salkie, Senior Policy Analyst, WD Headquarters, Edmonton

Camara’s Computer Education Model

How We Do It

We take recent-model computers, donated by companies, securely erase all content, refurbish, and deploy them in schools and youth centres in Africa and Ireland. Targeting specific local needs, we design tailor-made education projects. We train teachers, youth workers, school principals and government officials. We design educational software and develop or adapt locally relevant educational content to focus on particular subject areas.

For example, the ground-breaking iMlango programme in Kenya is raising numeracy rates amongst rural Kenyan girls. In Zambia we are focused on improving student exam results in the national Computer Studies subject. We support schools and youth centres with technical service and ongoing training. We monitor and measure our impact to learn and improve.

Finally, we incentivise the return of end-of-life computers and ensure they are ethically recycled.

We establish an ‘Education Hub’ in each country in which we work. This Hub is a local version of Camara and is responsible for delivering all our projects in that country. Each hub also works with schools and youth centres on an individual basis offering a set of ‘ICT in Education’ products such as computers and teacher training at a socially affordable price.

Computer Donation