Colombia Solar Learning Lab – Zubabox

Computer Aid International in partnership with Dell are launching the Dell Solar Learning Lab in Cazuca, Bogota on May 26th 2016.

The aim of this program is to build local institutional capacity to ignite aspiration-led learning for marginalised youth of Cazuca who came to the area to escape the violence caused by the armed conflict between illegal armed groups and the national army.

  “Regrettably Cazucá has been living under a confinement and just recently has started to wake up from it, we have been victims of all kinds of violence and nothing has ever happened no one did much to change this reality apart from Tiempo de Juego” says William Jimenez, Regional Co-ordinator at Tiempo de Juego and native to Cazucá. “Since the Lab arrived, the younger generation has naturally been curious and excited but the emotion that this event has stirred in the elders has been really moving. The fact that someone has finally considered Cazucá a priority is not only important technology and training provided, but also because of the optimism it inspires in the entire community.”

 The solar powered internet lab in part of a  multi-country youth learning program, bringing together Dell technology and long-term engagement with Computer Aid’s ICT4D expertise.

 The Solar Learning Labs (pictured above) provide a unique space for enriched learning and access to some of the best skills training, for traditionally underserved children and young adults. The program brings together expert, incountry trainers who build local partners’ capacity to deliver 21st century skills that are most contextually valuable to young people in the community.

 Solar Learning Lab Specific Objectives: To provide a unique, technology-rich and resource-rich learning space, that brings together high-quality training partners for the benefit of local education institutions. Enable educators to provide valuable 21st century digital-skills and ignite youth learning in ways that are most relevant to their beneficiaries’ aspirations and succeeding in their local economy.

 Even the architecture of the Solar Learning Lab has been redesigned to create a more inclusive environment. “In 2015, we consulted London based architects Squire & Partners to rethink the model.” stated Keith Sonnet, Chief Executive at Computer Aid International. “The side opening doors and the outside deck creates more natural light and makes the Solar Learning Lab a natural gathering point for the community”.

Through the Solar Learning Lab programs and quality of resources and learning they enable, we are motivating hundreds of young people around the world to develop transferable skills crucial to better life, school and work situations. The program works on a student-centric level to help each participant select skills that align with personal life goals and become positive leaders for change in their community.

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