During the last week of term Jenny Evans, from the charity ‘IT Schools Africa’, visited the Pre-Prep School to say thank you for the money the children had raised during their Design and Technology Wow Day.
Jenny arrived with a fantastic big map of Africa made out of computer components. She then told the children about the charity and how they work. She explained that the company started 15 years ago, when their founder noticed that people throw away lots of computer equipment such as monitors, keyboards, hard drives and laptops, which could potentially be refurbished and given to communities and schools in Africa.
Over the years they have received 90, 000 donated computers and laptops in the UK. They have equipped 1800 schools in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, trained 750 teachers and installed 23 school e-Learning centres. Jenny then told the pupils about some of the children the charity had helped: Dickson who is 17 whose parents are farmers and Naomi who is 21 and has 17 brothers and sisters. IT Schools Africa sponsors Naomi and pays for her exams as she is learning to be an IT Technician so she can help schools in Africa.
The charity has also donated computers to over 25 local charities and community organisations here in Gloucestershire.
Jenny said, “We are delighted that Dean Close Pre-Prep has raised money for us and helped many children across the world who are not as lucky as they are. The money raised will really benefit children’s education and enable them to access and use computers in their learning.”
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to donate to IT Schools Africa please use the following link: https://www.itschoolsafrica.org/