DIGITAL LITERACY COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Distance Teaching and Mobile Learning continues to tackle the tech challenges of developing nations and focus its vision of creating pathways out of poverty by closing the digital divide. Simply placing a computer in a classroom isn’t enough. Research has shown that a child’s environment and interaction with technology affect their outcomes. We will continue to support and collaborate with Shammah high school and others to run community outreach programs with the same goals as in 2018:

Problem Statement:One out of every four primary school aged children in Africa (over 30 million children) are no longer enrolled in school. Africa has the world’s lowest secondary school enrollment rates, with only 28% of children enrolling in secondary school. As a result, over 90 million teenagers struggle to find employment. The employment, of these teenagers dofind, tends to be in a low-paid, informal sector jobs, which perpetuates poverty and a lack of education

Project Goals: Our project consists of three goals which we will pursue simultaneously.

  • By utilizing the Shammah High School campus as well as experienced individual computer tutors from Uganda, we will provide computer training to the people of Kasana Luwero and the surrounding areas. Providing basic computer skills will allow teenagers to obtain higher skilled and higher paying employment opportunities.
  • Design reusable model and software system which can be scaled to other school, countries and locales
  • Pilot volunteer trips approach to maximize impact via physical presence

Assumptions & External Factors: Our goal is predicated upon number of different key assumptions:

  • Basic computer literacy is a foundational step towards educating a population and increasing access to higher skilled work.
  • By exposing out-of-school local village children to computers, we can ignite their interest in learning.
  • Parents are the key influencers in student decision to enroll and stay at school. By engaging out-of-school local village children, we can better engage the children’s parents and overall improve high school student enrollment rates
  • Lack of internet connectivity is a big barrier in accessing vast variety of internet resources
  • Teachers need to be prepared to teach in modern world by utilizing up-to-date tools and software systems
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