Join us in providing enhanced educational opportunities for girls in Sierra Leone through a fully-equipped, multimedia computer lab. The lab is contributing to and enhancing the quality of the education given to the girls enrolled in the school. Access to the computer technology is enhancing teaching and broadening learning opportunities for children and teachers alike. The special software installed on the computers is easy to use and additionally helps the children learn on their own.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Prior to the setting up of the lab, the girls did not have any access to computers. This effectively prevented access to a world of learning opportunities. Computer proficiency is required for any career path and they were disadvantaged. Furthermore, "because girls are participating in much fewer numbers and for shorter periods, particular attention to girls is essential, not only for the development of the country, but to fulfill the right of every child to education" - UNICEF.
How will this project solve this problem?
Learning opportunities through the computer lab is helping to prepare the girls for success in our computer-enabled and connected society. Technology is playing a huge role in educating and empowering them, helping them to build more secure and stable futures through increased knowledge, communication and access to information. A technology-proficient woman is more likely to attend university, have more secure, healthy families and contribute to the overall well-being of her home and community.
Potential Long Term Impact
Project contributes to achievement of UN Millennium goals, helping close the gender gap in education. It is an effective long-term investment, helping to eradicate poverty by enhancing education, broadening options and offering new opportunities. It offers great potential in terms of exposing the girls to much-needed computer technology and related opportunities. This exposure is helping to prepare the girls for our technology-aided world and for positions of future leadership.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,172
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,328
Total Funding Goal: $12,500