Saturday, August 26, 2006

Internet Cafes for Ghanaian Schools

For the last 5 years a group of friends and I have been working on getting computers to schools in Africa. So far we have shipped a few hundred used computers from Switzerland to Kenya and equipped a school in Nigeria. Now we would like to extend our project to Ghana.

The goal of our project is to create learning/innovation communities between Ghanaian middle school students and Western middle school students, age group 14-16 years (at this age the Ghanaians should already master English sufficiently to communicate with their counterparts).

Towards that goal, we are currently working to set up Internet-enabled computer rooms at rural schools, away from Accra. The main problem is to make our project sustainable & maintainable by locals. The idea is to ship a classroom of computers to a school, and identify a local who can operate the computer room as an Internet cafe half the time for profit, and provide it the other half of the time for free to the students.

We just got 20 computers donated in Zurich, now we are looking for a sponsor to get them shipped to Ghana from Switzerland, and also to connect them to the Internet via satellite-broadband. The headmaster of the school in Anloga, at the Ghanaian coast towards Togo is eagerly awaiting the computers.
If you would like to help, or have ideas how to obtain help, we would love to hear from you

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