10 schools across Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, are being equipped with computer labs, providing 20 desktop computers, 1 teacher laptop, 1 printer, 1 projector, speakers and a Connect Device to each of the schools. The Connect Device provides an array of e-learning resources relevant to the Zambian curriculum.
Three teachers from each of the 10 schools are being trained in ICDL base and intermediate modules over a number of weeks, ensuring that these teachers have a solid-base of ICT skills and are able to teach fellow teachers through workshops and students in classes. These modules cover content in:
- Computer Essentials
- Online Essentials
- Word Processing
- ICT in Education
Teacher training began in May 2018, and will continue to run over weekends until October 2018. The final module 'ICT in Education' aids teacher's understanding of key concepts/benefits of using ICT to support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.
This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Our work contributes directly to Target 4.1 of SDG 4, by improving secondary school educational outcomes for boys and girls. Additionally, students are gaining relevant technical skills that will improve their job prospects, contributing to Target 4.4.
This project directly contributes to Target 5.B of SDG 5, since we select schools who have a similar ratio of girls to boys and actively promote the usage of equipment by both genders, ensuring that no individual is excluded.
By providing 10 secondary schools with computer labs and assistive technology such as projectors, allowing thousands of students to access information and communications technology, we are directly contributing to Target 9.C of SDG 9.
ICT Equipment used in projects is donated largely from companies; equipment is data-wiped and refurbished before being sent to projects. Therefore, this project is directly contributing to Target 12.5 from SDG 12, by reducing e-waste and allowing technology to be reused.