The Wild Frontiers Foundation is proud to support Camara Education, an international charity and social enterprise that uses modern technology to help improve education and future opportunities in disadvantaged communities around the world.
We started working with Camara on its classroom sponsorship programme in 2012.
With £2500 initial funding from our foundation, Camara was able to install 25 recycled computers, loaded with educational software, and create a new e-Learning Centre at Aba’ala Secondary School in the remote Afar region of Northern Ethiopia.
Teachers from the school were also trained in basic digital literacy skills, simple hardware maintenance and how to use computers to teach other subjects, and the now have access to affordable technology and are learning new skills to improve their education and ultimately gain better future employment.
In 2015 we sponsored our second school with a further £2500 to establish an e-learning classroom at the Bruh Tesfa Primary School, in Addis Ababa. The large school in the Kolfe-Keranio district of the country’s capital accommodates 1768 students and 81 teachers. The new e-learning classroom was officially opened in December 2015, when even a power cut couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students and teachers.
Our support continued in 2019 with funding for a third e-learning classroom at the school Abiyot Fire elementary school, located in Fiche, in the Oromia region, where 2,500 students (including almost half girls) from Grade 1 to Grade 8 study.
2023 Update - Raising Funds to Re-install Computer Lab in Lalibela School
The Wild Frontiers Foundation is raising funds to help re-install a computer lab in the high school in Lalibela after it was looted in 2021 during the armed conflict in the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia.
Sadly at that time all 50 computers where either stolen or damaged, leaving just one usable computer.
Wild Frontiers founder and MD, Jonny Bealby, visited the co-ed school during a trip to Ethiopia earlier this year, where he met with teachers and members of Camara Education, a charitable organisation that recycles and refurbishes computer equipment to install in schools in Africa.
'The teachers impressed on me just how important the computer labs were, with students between the age of 15 to 18 not only learning computer literacy, and how to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but also coding and web building, which was providing many with highly sought after skills'.
Our aim now is to raise £5000 to equip a new computer lab for the students of the Lalibela high school.
Any help you can offer to bring technology back to the learning of both female and male students, would be hugely appreciated.
RECYCLING OFFICE COMPUTERS
Wild Frontiers further supports the work of Camara Education by donating our office computer equipment when upgrading. Once refurbished and spruced up the computers are distributed to e-learning centres in schools in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Lesotho.