On the technological frontier in Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Most of Afrinspire's partners are in East Africa, but through the connection of some students from Girton College, Cambridge, we became involved in Ghana. In 2015 we shipped a batch of computers to a project in outer Accra. A container was converted and fitted out to become a computer centre. Electricity just arrived at Tettey Loop and the prospect of having some computers in operation in that community was exciting.
It has taken a bit of time to get the centre ready and make this a reality. We heard this week that it is all now set up and operational and the first cohort of 20 trainees have just started.
The aim is to give the young people of this community a chance to progress. It is a poor community and many never get the opportunity to move beyond subsisting there, so this centre is very important.
Meanwhile during 2016 some of our computers have also arrived in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo near Lumbabashi. We are delighted when computer literacy reaches places like this. This is enabling and empowering and allows people to connect into the world at large and participate in the global network which so many of us take for granted. The real benefits come through the communications which become possible.