South African Computer Lab for 450 Children

by Universal Promise
South African Computer Lab for 450 Children


We wish to build a computer lab in an underserved school of 450 students, because for students to succeed in the twenty-first century, they must have a command of computers and complementary software. We have already installed two labs: one at a primary school with 750 learners and one at a secondary school with 750 learners. This will bring us closer to 100% computer literacy for all the children of Addo, South Africa, and help break the cycle of systemic poverty and subordination.

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A primary school of 450 children in South Africa suffers from a paucity of exposure to computers, curricular development, software usage, Internet research, and twenty-first century technology. This project will diminish the possibility of students falling behind, underscore the importance of education, and keep them in school. Consequently, the cycle of poverty will be interrupted in rural South Africa, leading the region to better paying jobs and reduced unemployment.


This project will, from an early age, help students be computer literate. Whether or not we like the onslaught and ubiquity of technology, it is a reality; students without extensive exposure fall behind and struggle much more than peers who have built an impressive computer foundation, including Microsoft software exposure, Internet acumen, research and writing skills, and general fluidity in the computer field. A proper lab will help children find and rightfully claim their more hopeful path.

Long-Term Impact

Since the installation of our first two labs (in 2015 and in 2020), computer literacy amongst educators and students has risen to 100%, the pass rates, especially in English and mathematics, have improved, and the matric (high school exam) pass rates have improved, too; we would like to see that same growth unfold at St. Ignatius Primary School. Computer Science and other popular, important, impactful fields, would be in students' sights, but only with proper, early intervention and training.


Organization Information

Universal Promise

Location: Newport, RI - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @unipromise
Project Leader:
Martha Cummings
Newport, RI United States
$100 raised of $25,000 goal
1 donations
$24,900 to go
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