This project provides enhanced educational opportunities for girls in Sierra Leone through a fully-equipped, multimedia computer lab. This helps to bridge the Digital Divide and broadens learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. The girls in this school come from homes where they do not have access to computers.
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.
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.
Project contributes to 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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Photos of FAWE Computer Lab
The Importance of Educating Girls and Women