Most teachers in rural areas of Cameroon have never touched a computer and don't know how one is used. Learn about how we introduce teachers to computers.
We've surveyed and tested the needs of our rural communities. Read more about the kind of computers they need and how we're working to supply them.
Computers are difficult to use and difficult to maintain with frequent power outages and power surges. We are researching local energy options to provide reliable and sustainable power for computer labs.
Many teachers in rural Cameroon have never touched a computer. They don't understand how computers work or how to use one. But all the teachers we've met have a strong desire to learn.
In partnership with the Regional Office of Education and Teacher Resource Center of Bamenda, and wth assistance from volunteers of the United States Peace Corps, we are providing basic computer training to primary school teachers. We start with how to turn on a computer, how to use a keyboard, and how to use a mouse. We progress through basic internal hardware, windows office, the Internet, email, and online education.
Most schools in rural areas do not have the funds or expertise to construct and maintain a computer lab. But in our travels from village to village, teachers have expressed the desire to purchase affordable laptops that they can use to educate themselves and their students.
When teachers are provided with laptops, they can take them into the classroom to teach students, they can take them to the office to grade exams, and they can take them home to keep safe. The portability of laptops help mitigate the lack of an established computer lab and they are inherently resilient to the brief but very frequent power outages.
We are currently exploring a partnership with the World Computer Exchange to import affordable refurbished p4 laptops, to distribute to teachers in rural areas.
One of the obstacles to constructing computer labs in rural areas is the lack of consistent and regulated electricity. Power outages are frequent and can last for hours. When the lights are on, power surges can break computers that are not protected by a regulator.
When we survey our rural communities, access to reliable electricity is one of the most fundamental and important issues raised by the people.
We are currently carrying out feasibility studies and seeking resources to provide local sustainable energy options. We are exploring photovoltaic installations and solar thermal generators to power computer labs.