The Turing Trust

ICT Skills for Malawian Students

The Turing Trust, founded by Alan Turing’s family, believes that bridging the digital divide in Africa is a truly fitting way to honour his remarkable legacy. This project will support students across Malawi develop the digital skills they need for life, study and work the 21st Century.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1156687)

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£31,835

Donations

26

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • It is a long unfulfilled dream achieved overnight. The board, teachers, members of staff and learners are all excited with the installation of computers at our school. They will enable us to offer computer lessons but also be an important resource for teaching and learning.

    — Keston Ndhlovu, School Adminstrator of Ekwendeni Church of Christ Primary School, Mzimba, Malawi

  • I am interested in studying Computer Studies because the world is advancing computer wise and it seems Malawi is slow to catch up so I want to make sure it does one day.

    — Christella Mwayi Machumi, Form 4 Student, Marymount Girls Catholic Secondary School, Mzuzu, Malawi

  • I really love being able to study ICT with these computers because this world we are living now concerns technology and it’s all about computers.

    — Sibongile Chavula, Form 2 Student, Lunjika Secondary School, Mzuzu, Malawi

Situation

In Malawi only 3% of schools have a functioning computer lab, meaning that hundreds of thousands of students are leaving schools without the digital skills they need for life and work in the 21st Century. A lack of digital skills heavily impacts disadvantaged students, exacerbating inequalities and leaving already marginalised student further behind. Girls and rural students are particularly vulnerable to missing out on gaining the skills which are fast becoming essential to daily life.

Solution

This project will enable Malawian students to gain vital digital skills by targeting schools and providing them with computer labs, delivering teacher training, and giving extra support to marginalised students. Each school we work with will receive 20 PCs donated by UK businesses and training to ensure teachers and students can get the most from the PCs. We will support rural schools through subsidised IT and ensure girls are given equal access to IT through girls-only ICT clubs.