Tens of thousands of children and youth in Freetown are severely disadvantaged with LIMITED or NO exposure to computer training. We are helping to change this through the provision of computer training and setting up computer labs. The technology skills that they acquire dramatically increase their productivity. The youths become relevant in the job market. A whole new world of opportunities becomes available to them. They become successful in today's computer-enabled society.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Thousands of at-risk youths and young adults in Sierra Leone have never used a computer, let alone received any basic training in Information Age skills. Through our training, youths will be able to become productively engaged and better qualified to obtain jobs that they were previously unqualified for. There is a dire need for this form of training, available principally at commercial prices, which is beyond their reach. This helps bridge the Digital Divide and level the playing field.
How will this project solve this problem?
Youth and young adults are provided with free training in basic computer skills, office applications and the Internet. This training will effectively equip them to obtain jobs by providing the vital proficiency / skills needed. Through the computers and provided training, they will learn how to use a computer extensively, opening them up to new educational, employment and business opportunities. After receiving the training we provide, multiple youths have been able to secure jobs.
Potential Long Term Impact
This training is transforming the lives of participants as it broadens their options and offers new opportunities. Youths and young adults become computer literate and proficient - and consequently viable and competitive in the market place. They are now able to be independent and develop their careers - contributing to national development. They are empowered to take their place in society.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,013
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $44,987
Total Funding Goal: $50,000