Children who go to schools in poor and rural areas of Ghana are failing their exams because they do not have hands on computer practice. Working with a library, EIFL has successfully tested and can offer a solution - mobile libraries equipped with solar power that take fully charged laptop and tablet computers to schools. Our new project will provide 1,800 eager school children with the opportunity to develop vital technology skills - and to pass their exams.
Computer and internet skills are compulsory subjects for Junior High School children (ages 11-16). However, many schools do not have computers, internet connections or electricity, 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.
Four mobile libraries equipped with solar panels, laptop and tablet computers, and teaching aids like whiteboards, will each visit three schools every week, reaching 1,800 children. Working with teachers and headmasters, librarians will provide the children with hands on computer classes. With regular skills practice, the children will pass their exams.
Our project helps 1,800 children to pass their exams, opening the doors to further education. The children will learn practical skills for future employment, be able to follow their career dreams and climb out of poverty. This project expands Volta Regional Library's successful Hands on computers for 450 Ghana children project, initiated by EIFL and piloted in 2012/13. Thank you to all who donated to Volta Regional Library. We welcome your support for the expanded project.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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