Ethiopian Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EKTTS)

In December 2017, EKTTS received a consignment of 800 computers from Computer Aid International.  EKTTS is one of our longest partnerships in Ethiopia, to which we have shipped over 7000 computers since 2006.

EKTTS was established in February 2002 and is a development-oriented indigenous, non-governmental and nonpartisan organisation. Over the last fifteen years, EKTTS have successfully implemented various projects in all regions, and the two city Administrations of Ethiopia. Their Education Support Program is the biggest and by far has the most impact in terms of area coverage, number of beneficiaries, resources, and time allocation.

EKTTS have also mobilised and distributed more than two million books and two hundred thousand medical books for state and privately-owned universities, medical schools, hospital libraries and secondary schools.

They work with partner organisations worldwide to tackle critical lack of books and computers in hard to reach rural areas. They are striving to promote a culture of excellence in reading and use of technologies for learning in Ethiopia, to foster skills and knowledge of technology, and to increase the influence of technology on Ethiopia’s development transformation.

Find out more about them here

Zimbabwe eClasses

The Zimbabwe eClasses Project in Harare, Zimbabwe has equipped 10 previously under-resourced primary and secondary schools with computer labs, each hosting 20 computers, 1 teacher laptop, 1 printer, speakers, headphones and a Connect Device.

Almost all 30 teachers (3 from each school) have now gained basic ICT skills, with 19 teachers having passed assessment in all 4 base ICDL modules (Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing and Spreadsheets). The 11 remaining teachers have all passed the Digital Citizen Plus module, which is an introductory program to ICT basics. This is particularly heartening given that prior to the project, 53% of teachers had never used a computer before.

Last weekend, all 30 teachers completed training in the ICDL ‘ICT for Education’ module. This module trains teachers how to effectively incorporate ICT into their teaching and will help to enhance lessons in subjects other than ICT, particularly STEM subjects. Students will benefit, since teaching and learning will be more engaging and interactive.

Bett 2018

 

Computer Aid International exhibited at the Bett show this year, bringing information about our sustainable and secure it disposal service with a social impact. Alice and Darren were on the stand meeting and networking with schools and businesses, while also finding out about the latest educational tech. We especially liked the eye catching baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy on the Skriware stand, and the VR and MR tech on the Veative stand!

Dell Youth Learning program reaches 4 new schools

As part of our partnership with Dell Giving this year we are supporting the expansion of the Dell Youth Learning program to more locations around the world. The Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab is providing a sustainable solution that incorporates the best of Dell’s technology and our international development expertise in an education setting. Children who previously might have had limited access to technology, now have access to the best of Dell Thin Clients technology and an ICT education adapted to their local curriculum and needs by our in country partners.

Looking to offer the best possible technology solutions we have partnered with Africa Power Storage (APS). We will be able to power our Zubabox more efficiently and bring solar energy to remote schools with their  generator, which provides electricity for less than $0.02 per KWh. Real time remote monitoring will ensure reliability and their smart meter enables prepaid energy. This is essential to our work as it means we can bring energy independence and ICT to any school, no matter the location.

In addition, we are also partnering with Aleutia Computers a UK based company who are re-imagining how computers should look and work. They have designed computers with a low energy consumption, perfect for rural Africa. Running at only 7.2 watts, these computers will be a perfect pairing to our solar projects.

Interested in this project? Find out more here

We are GDPR compliant!

Companies have just 15 weeks to ensure that they are GDPR compliant  before the regulations become enforceable on the 25th of May. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will affect all aspects of how your business handles and protects personal data. This includes how you dispose of computer assets when upgrading to new models.

Whilst the main concepts and principles of the GDPR are similar to those of the Data Protection Act, which it replaces, there are new requirements and significant enhancements that companies must comply with. The regulations place greater emphasis on the records you keep surrounding personal data.

Computer Aid International can help with the asset disposal – we collect the equipment and data wipe the hard drives in a GDPR compliant way, saving you the worry of paying for a data wiping service. Then, we  refurbish and provide the equipment on charitable basis to not-for-profit organisations in more than 100 countries. The refurbished equipment has an incredible impact on the lives of people in developing countries, helping to increase IT literacy, deliver better education and help local enterprises.Companies which donate their computers to us not only get a first class and completely secure asset disposal service, but can also make a great social impact and help fulfill their CSR policies.

The key features of our service are:

  • Secure Collection
  • Asset Tracking
  • Data Sanitisation and Destruction
  • Sustainability Reports
  • Recycling

To find out more contact Darren

 

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