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.
Alexia Ward, Marketing Officer, at Computer Aid:
“The prohibitive cost of ICT equipment means that the vast majority of children in the developing world leave school having never touched a computer in the classroom. However, ICT skills are essential to level the playing field between children in developing countries and other parts of the world. We are hugely grateful to Foster + Partners for sending us their unwanted IT equipment. Their support means that we are able to make a big difference to the lives of school children across Kenya and Swaziland and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.”
Graham Young, Head of Information and Design Systems at Foster + Partners: “As a practice, we place a high value on technology in our everyday work – Computer Aid exists to share this opportunity, and the equipment we might sometimes take for granted, with children across the world. We are delighted to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile initiative.”
Notes to editors:
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”.
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