The Rwanda Digital school project will establish Digital Schools (with 40 PCs each), across 8 secondary schools in Kigali, Rwanda. In total the project will supply 320 PCs, 24 laptops, assistive technology to aid classes and impact up to 2,000 students from underprivileged communities in the project’s first phase (and up to 12,000 students in the technology’s life cycle). For many students attending these institutions, this project offers the first opportunity to access ICT. Computer Aid is offering each participating school training and teacher capacity building through its partner ICDL Africa, ensuring that the benefits of ICT continue to be passed on to other educators within the school.
The project aims to enhance the quality of learning, educational achievement and life chances of school children from Kigali, by increasing their access to 21st century resources and the opportunities these resources enable.
The project started with ICDL Africa delivering computers provided by Computer Aid International since the candidates were to be trained online. Computer Aid worked with ICDL Africa to train and qualify an average of three teachers per school in each beneficiary school in five ICDL Workforce modules (Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations) and ICT in Education module, a module specifically designed for teachers. Over the past two months, over 20 teachers have successfully completed the training and the organization sponsoring the project expressed the desire to go ahead and have ICDL trained to the students.