Computer for Schools, Cameroon

Economic, social, and political life in the 21st century will be increasingly digital, and those without Information and communication technologies will be increasingly excluded. 

The objective of the project was to install a computer lab at the ACOHOF Family Farm School in Cameroon. The school is run by the NGO ACOHOF who primarily works with underprivileged children from the nearby rural areas. The project group went to Cameroon in August 2017 and successfully installed the computer lab and trained the teachers in the use of these computers. The computers used were Raspberry Pi’s, chosen for their long-term stability both hardware- and software-wise. Another benefit with the RPI’s is that they have low energy-consumption, letting us use the solar panels installed previously by Engineers Without Borders Sweden to power the lab.

 The administration assistant livinus (back) and the teacher asan (front) are exploring the new computers.

The administration assistant livinus (back) and the teacher asan (front) are exploring the new computers.

With the new computer lab, there are new possibilities for both the students and teachers. The teachers can use the computers for administrative purposes, scheduling, writing grades and instructions for parents. The students have the possibility to learn how to use computers and be able to easier obtain information for learning. And even though the school does not have an Internet connection, for now, the students have access to all of the knowledge that exists on the English Wikipedia through saving it locally.

This contribution has the potential to benefit several generations of the students at ACOHOF Family Farm School through more modern education and the world’s largest collection of information only a search away.