The computers at the FAWE school have been operational since 2011. At that point, they were purchased used. Over the past years, we have replaced computer memory modules, motherboards, power supplies, and monitors. It's now time to purchase a new set of energy-efficient computers. The new computers will be more reliable and loaded with office productivity software. This new technology and programs will boost the learning of the girls.
The computers in the FAWE computer lab are over 7 years old and have been breaking down every other month or so. Sometimes the girls have to share computers because one or more computers are broken. The software is outdated. As a result, we are not able to consistently provide on-going relevant and reliable training. It's time for an overdue technology upgrade.
This project will solve the problem of outdated technology by purchasing and shipping 17 new energy-efficient, Raspberry PI 3 computers - specially built for low energy consumption. Access to new computers (with current software) will enhance their learning. The new computers will also be more reliable - contributing to better access and less downtime - so that each girl will have more hands-on experience. The computers will help prepare them for success in today's computer-driven society.
The project contributes to the achievement of UN 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.