Poor school children in Ghana are failing exams because they do not have hands on computer practice. A town library in Ho, Volta Region, offers a solution - a mobile library with solar power that takes fully-charged laptops to schools.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Computer and internet skills are now compulsory subjects for Junior High School children (ages 11-16). However, many schools do not have computers, internet connections or electricity - and so the children cannot practice. They fail their computer exams and cannot progress to secondary school. The cost of failure for children of poor families in Ghana is high - their parents take them out of school. Without skills, they are unable to compete in the job-market, and the cycle of poverty continues.
How will this project solve this problem?
When the library van arrives at a school, bringing only five laptops, 90 children crowd around. That's 18 pupils to a computer and only a handful of children actually touch the keyboard. Forty more laptops will reduce the ratio to two pupils per computer - making real hands-on learning possible. The mobile library reaches five schools with a total of 450 children who will pass their exams, opening the doors to further education.
Potential Long Term Impact
With regular practical computer classes and the support of skilled librarians to search the internet for information, 450 children will pass their computer exams, learn skills for future employment, be able to follow their career dreams and climb out of poverty. The Ghana Library Board funds running costs of the mobile library service. With additional computers, the library offers a cost-effective, sustainable model for providing access to technology and improving education in rural schools.
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,139
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $34,861
Total Funding Goal: $43,000