Euthini Secondary School in Mzimba has had a fully-funded computer lab installed thanks to funding provided by Cardiff-based not-for-profit, Power2Africa.
The Turing Trust finished the installation of this facility in early October, as part of Power2Africa’s first wave of funded projects which will see more than £67,000 invested in community projects across Africa.
In addition to computers, Power2Africa also provided intensive training for the computer lab teacher to ensure that learning opportunities are maximised, and the machines are maintained
This £7,000 computer lab provides more than 560 students per year with the opportunity to learn new skills and access to a vast eLibrary of educational content.
The hope is that this resource will allow students to learn vital digital skills that enable them to attend University in Malawi.
By delivering a framework that ensures a sustainable IT future for Euthini Secondary School, this computer lab will benefit future generations of students allowing the school to deliver ICT for years to come.
Nick Proctor, founder of Power2Africa and CEO of amber energy, said:
“It’s hugely gratifying to see what an impact Power2Africa can have. This new computer lab will provide the community with access to resources that we take for granted in the UK, letting them go on to further education or follow a new career path.
“In just a few years, we’ve set up community projects that positively impact more than 2,000 people a day. It’s incredible to think about how much good can be done simply by putting a small percentage of business’s energy savings into these projects.”
James Turing, founder, Turing Trust, said:
“I’m delighted to see the partnership between the Turing Trust and amber energy come to life in Malawi through the Power2Africa project.
“Thanks to this innovative initiative, Power2Africa has installed a reused computer lab at Euthini Secondary School in Euthini, Mzimba, North Malawi on the 14th October. Now the 562 students at Euthini will begin learning computer studies for the first time using their projector and network that enables access to a vast eLibrary of content.
“Beyond this fantastic social impact by reusing and refurbishing ICT equipment from the UK, this project has made a significant environmental impact. This circular economy approach to ICT has offset six tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 15 trees. At the same time, the energy savings created are enough to power a home in the UK for a whole year!”
Preparations are well in place for a second project that will see another school receive a solar-powered IT classroom.