This project provides enhanced educational opportunities for girls in Sierra Leone through a multimedia computer lab at the FAWE school. 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. Literacy rates are reportedly lower for female youths (42%) and female adults (26%) due to the combined effects of war, poverty and socio-cultural practices.
Harmful practices such as early marriages and transactional sex have robbed disadvantaged girls of their future. In the world of growing technological advancement, computer literacy / proficiency is a must for young girls. This helps them escape from the cycle of early marriages and early pregnancies. 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.
The choices and opportunities available to adolescent girls will determine in many respects the future of Sierra Leone: whether the cycle of poverty is broken. 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. A technology-proficient woman is more likely to attend university, have more secure, healthy families and a more secure future.
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
UN Human Development Report 2015
Africa: Protecting Girls from the Traumas of Early