Ethiopia: Equipping teachers with 21st century skills
In April 2016, Computer Aid approached The Fresh Leaf Foundation to support Stage 2 of the Amhara eClasses project.
The Amhara 25 e-Classes project has established eClasses (with 21 PCs each), across 25 schools in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. In total, the program has supplied 551 PCs and impacted more than 6,000 students from underprivileged communities in the region within the project’s first year. The project’s Stage 1 activities have been successfully delivered and in-depth feedback from teachers and students has helped to inform Stage 2 of the project, focused on enriching the existing 25 e-Classes through the provision of ongoing training, valuable e-learning content through our Raspberry Pi based Connect Device and a tailored package of assistive technologies (e.g. projectors, printers and speakers).
Through reviewing the interviews and feedback received during our in-country visits, we have identified a need for reference materials and up-to-date educational content. In the last year, we have been developing a solution, the Connect device to target this problem. This represents a way to combine valuable and diverse educational content in an offline platform that can be easily installed in the computer labs, to help teachers use the computers more in different subjects.
The project’s purpose and aims were to enhance educational achievement and life-chances of underserved communities in Amhara, Ethiopia, by increasing teachers’ and students’ access to 21st century resources and the opportunities that they enable. As such, we strived to provide equipment that would benefit schools in a variety of ways, including the improvement of motivation and retention for both students and teachers.
The project also aimed to have long-term sustainability; not only benefitting teachers and students during their time at the schools, but also in their futures, by providing them will highly-desirable skills that will benefit them in employment and higher education.
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