A closer look at a project: Computers for Education in Malawi

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 7:49 AM by

One of the projects we supported last year is Computers for Education in Malawi. While the use of ICT in education in Malawi is considered a priority area in policy, in practice the integration of computers in classrooms is still facing difficulties in the country. The opportunities for growth are considerable, and that's why a pilot project, Computers for Education, was set up.

The pilot project in Malawi is set up by Sterling (our partner in Malawi) and their goal is to make sure that more schools and students will gain access to qualitative IT material. Close the Gap provided the computers and Sterling made sure - through their local connections - that schools will have a maintenance system in place for the devices, so that quality education can be guaranteed. 

In total, Close the Gap provided this pilot project with 100 computers. The computers went to a university, a primary school for girls, two vocational schools and a college. 

The goal of this pilot project was to reach as many schools as possible in Lilongwe, Malawi’s biggest district and the capital of the nation, where Sterling's main operating center is also located. In this area, most schools have access to electricity, which makes the integration of computers in schools easier. 

Apart from some local challenges, the pilot project was successful: many other schools express interest to also incorporate computers, both in their classrooms and for their teachers. A number of local NGOs in the field of education have also indicated that they want to partner up with Sterling to help other schools in Malawi with computer devices as well. 

Do you also have a project that could use the support of IT material? Click here to find out how you can apply for computers.

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