The school we are currently raising funds for is Future Academy, a primary school in Hosaena, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The school was founded in 2018 and has 279 students, just under half of them girls, and eight teachers. There are currently no computers for the students to use, so Camara Ethiopia will install a lab containing 25 computers and provide training for the teachers, educational content aligned to the Ethiopian curriculum, and support and maintenance to ensure that students and staff get maximum impact from the equipment.
School director Tarekeg Ansiso says:
“When it comes to teaching the children technology we have limitations of computers and it’s very challenging to fulfill their needs as they are very determined to know more about technology. They are children so they are very much exposed to TV where they see computers and ask so many questions. I hope to get the support soon as they will be more excited to learn new things. I believe the computers will encourage students and especially girls to stay in school. This year we have registered more girls than last year, so I am happy to witness parents changing their minds on sending their daughters to school as this was not the norm in our society”
This is what a couple of the students had to say:
“My name is Eshetu Wendimu. I am 11 years old and in grade 2. I have two sisters and three brothers. I first saw a computer on TV – I was watching a movie with my brother and I asked him what it was. He told me the name but when I asked him what it does he was unable to answer the question. I don’t know what it does or how it works but I think I will be happy to know and learn.”
“My Name is Rahel. I am 11 years old and I am in grade 3. The first time that I saw a computer was in a text book and I asked my sister what it was. She told me the name and I decided that I would learn more about it when I grow up. From time to time I see it on TV, and it looks fun when people use it. I still don’t know what it does but am sure it is very useful and entertaining.”