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 Friday, February 05, 2010

Computers for African Schools (CFAS) is a registered charity committed to improving educational opportunity in Africa . Redundant working computers, donated by firms and other computer users in the UK , are placed in to schools in southern Africa . Usually these are state and mission secondary schools and all schools receive the computers free of charge.

The Computers for Malawian School scheme is jointly administered by the British Council and SchoolNet Malawi, which is a registered trust within the SchoolNet Africa organization.

The British Council receives the goods exempt of duty in Lilongwe. They are transferred to the SchoolNet facilities in Blantyre where the SchoolNet staff check, process, and repair the equipment. Microsoft OS and MSOffice are installed by agreement with Microsoft. The SchoolNet team also sets up the computers at the recipient schools.

As in all recipient countries, strict criteria are applied to the candidate schools to ensure they have the right facilities and security to house the equipment. Each school receives 10 to 15 computers and a printer. Training of the teachers in ICTs has been arranged by the British Council, and UK trainers have travelled to Malawi to carry out training courses.

In conjunction with the scheme, the Malawian Ministry of Education has developed an ICT curriculum. Each recipient school is required to give a report on its experience with the computers and is subject to audit.

Source: ICT for Education in Malawi , CFAS