Computers are increasingly becoming intertwined with virtually every aspect of our lives. In the more advanced economies, it is indeed part and parcel of people’s daily lives. From the smartphones, smart TVs, smart kitchen, smart houses, etc. all under one umbrella of the internet of things.
However, come to developing countries. The vast majority of the population still lacks even the very basic computer skills. This computer illiteracy is about to change if an article ran by TechMoran is anything to go by.
While speaking to the magazine, Caleb Ndaka founder of the initiative, said, “Kompyuta Mashinani is an initiative to help learners 9-14 years of age, in marginalized communities catch up with the current digital driven society.”
The initiative makes this possible by running Kids Comp Camp targeting children from marginalized regions.
“For every school we train, we aim to establish an easily accessible facility dubbed Kids Comp Camp. Which upon establishment, the lab will serve as a shared community facility accessible by kids in the entire community hence becoming a fully fledged Kids Comp Club.
So far, the initiative has been able to set up five (5) Kids Comp Camps in five counties covering nine schools with over 500 pupils learning at the facilities.
“We started off in campus as a weekend plot. By then it was dubbed ‘Plot Plot’ and it offered them a chance to have weekend getaways. With a burning zeal to contribute the society, the student equipped with their laptops and the little cash they had started the initiative.” Caleb continued.
“The program’s decision to focus on marginalize communities is informed by research that revealed a huge digital gap between children growing up in urban areas and those in rural areas.”
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