In February 2012, TSC will set up 175 computers in 5 school labs in the Hyderabad, India area serving 3,000 students. This project, a partnership with IDEX, a social enterprise fellowship program that helps affordable non-government schools be sustainable while serving low-income children previously not in school. IDEX will help maintain the computer labs and provide curriculum/teaching support. TSC will send15 US high school students and 3 chaperones to India to create the networked labs
The need is great for technology and high-quality education for India's underprivileged children. The majority of the schools that the IDEX fellows are working with have no computers. Additionally, 10 students from Garfield High School are from low-income families, and 7 are students of color. This project provides an important opportunity for them to learn and engage in this global service project.
Computer labs will be set up in at least 5 schools where IDEX fellows are working. The computer labs will make classrooms more interactive, improve learning, and open avenues for children with limited resources. Access to technology will provide a window to the globalized world.
Scholarships provided to the US high school students will allow them to participate in the project.
Providing computers and web access in these Hyderabad schools will give students/educators the opportunity to learn critical skills for the modern world, create opportunities for higher paying technology careers, and send an important message that people outside their community care and believe in them.
Providing scholarships for low-income US students to participate will create opportunities for them to enhance their technology skills and their interest in careers in global service.