Enabling young people to learn core computer skills.
Our ICT Academy works in partnership with schools in Ccorca to enable pupils to learn fundamental computing skills such as using Microsoft Office, e-mail and the Internet.
Date: April 2015 - present
Target population: 400 children aged between 7-18 years old
Location: Ccorca, Peru
Children and young people are able to use information and communications technology with confidence.
In September 2015, following a positive evaluation of the ICT workshops carried out with the children in our Boarding Houses, in coordination with local schools have extended the reach of our ICT Academy to children from across the district of Ccorca.
Why it is important:
In a country with a growing digital divide between urban and rural areas, increased access to computers and the internet has a vital role to play in enabling young people to gain equal opportunities. As Peru undergoes rapid technological changes, young indigenous people face a fresh risk of exclusion. In urban areas of Peru, 41% of people have daily access to a computer, whilst in rural communities this figure drops to just 6%. Our ICT Academy enables students to learn fundamental computing skills, helping them to access new opportunities in today’s technology driven world.
What we are doing:
Between 2015 and 2017, we implemented ICT Suites and ran weekly ICT classes in local schools, reaching over 400 children. Local school pupils took part in over 40 hours of ICT training each year, covering a large range of skills, including the use of Microsoft Office, setting up their first e-mail address and navigating the internet. The children and their teachers have responded brilliantly. As a result, since March 2018, we have been placing our focus on training local teachers to take on the teaching of ICT in their schools, with the view to exiting at the end of 2018.