‘Project Hello World’, is an initiative that provides Internet access and digital education to underprivileged African communities. The first of the outdoor solar-powered computer stations, called ‘Hello World Hubs’, has been installed in Nigeria and is expected to reach over 2,000 children and adults in Suleja, Niger State. Having never interacted with the Internet before, the children of Suleja have quickly adapted to the new technology and can regularly be found playing the Hub’s pre-programed math and science games — often sharing a screen between 14 or more children.
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With over 134 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa having never attended school, Project Hello World is taking an innovative and efficient approach to combating access to education and technology. By partnering with the communities and educating adults in the installation and maintenance of the hubs, Project Hello World utilizes an equal exchange of skills to make a joint investment, ultimately enabling the community to take ownership of the stations.
“Our aim is to empower at both the individual and community level,” said Founder & CEO of Projects For All, Katrin Macmillan. “The hubs link children with e-mentors in London via Skype, provide teachers with digital support, and create sustainable programs that arm adults with new skill sets and enable community self-sufficiency.” “To help a women’s group in Suleja understand just how powerful a tool the Internet can be, we asked them to submit questions and receive answers from the Internet. The women asked questions from how to quit smoking to finding online lesson plans,” explains Macmillan.!“The range of their questions and emotional responses to the answers the received underscore the importance of providing connectivity and digital education.”! The initiative, which aims to reach more than 2 million people within the next 5 years, will continue to expand across Africa.
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