Foster + Partners has donated more than 230 computers to UK charity Computer Aid International this year, for reuse in schools, hospitals and charities across Africa and Latin America. The PCs have been sent to projects including Computer Education Trust in Swaziland and Computers for Schools in Kenya, where they enable high school children to learn the IT skills they need to access higher education and improve their future employment prospects.
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There is a huge need for PCs in Kenya, where there are only 1.4 computers per 100 people (as of 2005). Computers for Schools Kenya specialises in disseminating ICT equipment to schools, teacher and medical training institutes and universities throughout Kenya. The organisation also provides a maintenance service and has conducted IT training for over 6,000 teachers to help ensure that the PCs are used in the best possible way. To date, Computer Aid has sent over 2,500 PCs to the organisation for distribution across Kenya, however many more are needed to ensure all children have access to PCs.
Swaziland currently has around 32 PCs per 1,000 people. To date CET has equipped 149 High Schools with 20 PCs each. This has made a huge difference to the lives of both students and teachers, who can use the computers to access the internet and tuition software, give presentations to their class and learn to type and research information. One pupil explains “I now look forward to going to school every day as these computers put me on the same level as other kids around the world”.