“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.”
– Nelson Mandela
Computers in a school can transform a teacher’s practice, open new worlds to a student, and transform a nation’s future. This is the Impact we aim to achieve.
We install hardware in schools and youth centres. We train the teachers and youth workers to use the computers as a tool to improve their students’ education. We also train principals, and government officials, in the leadership techniques required to get the most from using computers in their education system. See more about how we work here.
We deliver a number of different projects. Each with their own, unique, impact on the teachers and students involved. See below for some current and recent examples:
National Education Project – Ethiopia
The National Education Project will deliver 21,000 computers to 840 schools all across Ethiopia improving student access to technology, with a focus on developing skills in science, technology, engineering, and maths.
Camara Education has partnered with the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia since 2011. Since then we have worked in over 1,600 schools, installing more than 37,000 computers.
From 2019 – 2022 we are working in 840 schools, delivering a further 21,000 computers. This project alone will reach more than 690,000 young Ethiopian students.
In this project:
- Schools are pre-vetted to ensure they have the necessary infrastructure to install a computer lab. This includes concrete floors, a secure and well ventilated room, power surge protection etc;
- Each school receives 25 computers which are installed and maintained by Camara Education. Each computer is loaded with offline education content;
- 10% of the schools will also have their computers networked and will get access to STEAM education content with software to design lessons and track student performance;
- Teacher and principal training is delivered by Camara Education trainers on how to use the computers in the classroom;
- Training is also delivered to local and regional officials in the leadership skills to support the schools in their remit.
Students in Jerusalem School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
ZamSTEM Project – Zambia
ZamSTEM aims to improve results for 96,000 students in the national Computer Studies exam and increase the transition rates of students going from junior to senior secondary level.
In 2015/16 Camara Zambia, developed a solution to provide computers and specialised teacher training to enable teachers to deliver the CS curriculum. The average pass rate for the 2016 exam was only 68.15%. However, within the 67 schools which Camara had supported, the pass rate was 78.74%.
This project is an improvement on, and scaling of, that initial pilot to 310 schools, reaching 96,000 girls and boys.
For each school, the project provides for:
- 30 Camara computers;
- Education software relevant to the Computer Studies curriculum;
- Curriculum aligned training for Computer Studies (CS) teachers;
- Information Communications Technologies (ICT) general skills training for 6 teachers;
- ICT leadership skills training for school principals and education system leaders;
- Computer maintenance support;
- Additional refresher training for CS teachers.
Moddy Kanyama from Kaloko Primary School, Ndola, Zambia
TechSpace Program – Ireland
The TechSpace program is working in over 250 youth centres and schools to build key 21st century skills in students; creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, vital for their successful futures.
The TechSpace Program trains youth workers to run Digital Media, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and Creative Technology activities with students in a school or youth club.
Since 2011 the TechSpace program has grown to involve:
- 250 Active Youth Clubs and Schools
- 450 Trained Youth Workers and Teachers
- 31 Local Champions
- 2 National Annual Celebrations
- 1 Online Members Area and Short Courses
- 1 National Support Team
A young ‘TechSpacer’ working with Aidan Fitzmaurice at the 2018 ESB Creative TechFest
iMlango Project – Kenya
iMlango aims to improve education outcomes in maths, literacy & life skills for 180,000 children in 245 schools.
This project delivers:
- High-speed satellite broadband connectivity to schools;
- Individualised simulated maths tutoring alongside digital learning content for literacy and life skills;
- Continuous training and support to teachers to use best practice to integrate ICT into schools’ learning processes;
- In-field teams to provide educational support to teachers and leadership guidance to headteachers;
- Electronic attendance monitoring with digital semi-conditional payments to incentivise families to send their daughters to school – with the money used at local merchants;
- In-field teams to support the schools and ensure timely technical maintenance;
- Real-time project monitoring and measurement.
Students at Mji Wan Salama Childrens Home, Mombasa, Kenya using the iMlango Maths software.