Bringing Technology To Rural Schools in Zimbabwe

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Problem

The rural youth lag behind the rest of the world in technology. Urban youth are more likely to find employment unlike their rural counterparts who have no computer skills. This growing disparity (or “digital divide”) is severely disadvantaging a whole generation of children growing up in the rural areas.

Approach

The Information and Communication Technologies for Children and Youth Development (ICT4-CYD Project aims to bridge the ‘digital divide’ between underserved rural schools in Chipinge and urban schools, with the purpose of supporting children and youth development and enhancing primary and secondary school educational system. The project introduces and establishes innovative computer and internet based learning programs in the school curriculum, targeting the math and science subjects. Our pilot project will be  launched in Rimbi village in Chipinge district. The pilot project will be used as a model for enhancing the educational system through technology access with impact on sustainable local development, to be replicable in other undeserved rural areas of Zimbabwe.

Long Term Impact

Children and youth educational development will be enhanced. This will put them in a better position to find jobs after they graduate. Teachers experience in teaching computer and internet based learning programs will enhance their qualifications. The digital divide will be bridged resulting in new opportunities for children, youth, teachers and the community as a whole.

Goal

Introduce and establish innovative learning programs in math and science based on computer and internet use in the school curriculum of Rimbi Schools, to support the educational development on children and youth and to support the enhancement of the educational system, by the end of 2013.

Objectives

1.  500 students (250 children in 5th grade and 250 youth in the 8th & 12th grades) will gain knowledge in computer literacy and internet use and improve their math and science skills after participating in innovative computer and internet based learning programs by the end of 2013 school year.

2.   20 primary and high school teachers will gain experience in teaching math and science subjects through computer and internet usage after implementing innovative educational & learning programs based on ICT4-CYD during the 2013 school year.

3.    150 rural parents / heads of household will be aware of the opportunities and positive impacts of the computer and internet technologies on the education and development of children and youth after participating in the ICT4-CYD workshop in August, 2012.

4.   Increase access to computer and internet usage to other grades in primary and secondary schools after the first year evaluation developed by the advisory committee, identical to the one that was established by stakeholders and partners involved in the project implementation, to ensure sustainability and access equity for students at Rimbi schools.

To accomplish our goal, The Tekeshe Foundation has formed a partnership with a U.S based Corporation called “Inveneo”. Since 2006, Inveneo and its ICT Partners have delivered innovative IT solutions reaching more than 1,500,000 people in rural communities in Africa, Asia and Haiti. Inveneo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enteprise whose mission is to connect and empower rural and underserved communities in the developing world with information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Inveneo works with and serves organizations that deliver vital education, healthcare, economic development and relief services to some of the poorest communities in the world, enabling these organizations – NGOs, governments and others – to more effectively serve people in need through technology.