This project will deliver Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions to Rimbi primary and high schools (located in underserved rural areas of Chipinge district, Zimbabwe), through the establishment of innovative computer and internet based learning programs in the school curriculum. As a result, 500 students will improve their math and science skills and 20 school teachers will gain skills and knowledge in computer literacy and internet usage.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Lack of access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in rural areas, is one of the main challenges in the development field, especially in the education sector. Unlike their urban counterparts, rural youth don't have the opportunity to gain computer skills as a result urban youth are more likely to find employment. This growing disparity (or "digital divide") is severely disadvantaging a whole generation of youth growing up in the rural areas.
How will this project solve this problem?
We will provide computer and internet access within rural schools to undeserved children and youth to support their educational development. An appropriate and innovative math and science curriculum will be designed accordingly to the educational system regulations, social and cultural contexts of Zimbabwe. Teachers will be trained in math and science teaching programs as well as in computer literacy and internet usage as part of the first stage of the project implementation.
Potential Long Term Impact
Children and youth educational development will be enhanced.This will put them in a better poistion to find jobs after they graduate. Teachers experience in teaching computer and internet based learning programs will enhance their qualifications. The digital divide will be bridged resulting in new opportunities for children, youth, teachers and the community as a whole.
Total Funding Received to Date: $250
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $25,900
Total Funding Goal: $26,150