Bringing computing skills to children in Africa

 
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Bringing computing skills to children in Africa

Bringing computing skills to children in Africa
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Teachers & students at the first session in June

Teachers & students at the first session in June
This was the initial session for the first teachers and children at the temporary facility for the Cyber Cafe, in the Village of Vo Pedakondji, Togo. Many of the local school teachers gave up there summer break to recieve training. (view small | med | large | orig)

The temporary facility, with ten workstations.

The temporary facility, with ten workstations.
The initial installation has ten workstations and associated equipment. It is housed in a temporary facility in the village until the renovations are complete for the purpose built Cyber Cafe site expected to be completed in August 2009. (view small | med | large | orig)

Training gets underway in June.

Training gets underway in June.
Children and teachers begin the first sessions at the temporary facility. For many children this is the first time that they have even seen a computer. (view small | med | large | orig)

Training at the facility in Vo Pedakondji Village.

Training at the facility in Vo Pedakondji Village.
Children recieve their first training in June. There are three schools in the village that serve the surrounding area, with many children walking up to 5km to and from school in bare feet to attend. They also have to pay about $15 per year and the average teacher to pupil ratio is above 60. (view small | med | large | orig)

The new site for the Cyber Cafe @ Vo Pedakonji

The new site for the Cyber Cafe @ Vo Pedakonji
The permanent site for the Cyber Cafe is undergoing extensive renovations and a purpose built extension - it is scheduled to open in August 2009. It will have full time trained staff and will initially have ten workstations plus three remote ones in the local schools. (view small | med | large | orig)

Togo "The Smile of Africa"

Togo "The Smile of Africa"
Chilren from the rural village of Vo Pedakondji display why Togo is often referred to as the "Smile of Africa". (view small | med | large | orig)

Carrying the load!

Carrying the load!
Women and children often carry their wares for miles to sell at the rural markets. Subsistence agriculture comprises most of the economy in rural Togo, with families having large amounts of children to help out on the village small holdings. (view small | med | large | orig)

A typical home in the Village, Vo Pedakondji

A typical home in the Village, Vo Pedakondji
This a typical home in the village, made up of thatch with some more recent concrete additions. The village is some 50KM NE of the capital Lome and has a population of about 1800, largely engaged in subsistence agriculture. (view small | med | large | orig)

Primary School headmaster recieves first Computer

Primary School headmaster recieves first Computer
The Headmaster for the village primary school recieves one of the computers for installation at the school. This will reinforce the training the children recieve at the Cyber Cafe and also provide much needed help in the administration of the school. No schools in the whole region currently have any form of computer access. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Project Leader

Ben Smith

Team leader
Clarksville, Maryland United States

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