Access to a well-rounded education is the foundation for employment and personal growth throughout adulthood. Without access to education and technology at a young age, students are often unable to pursue fulfilling careers and improve their quality of life. This is especially apparent in rural areas that struggle to gain access to educational tools.
Students at The University of Zambia and Copperbelt University realized the power of education and used an EPICS in IEEE grant to develop educational tools in the landlocked country of Zambia.
University students alongside students from Mitanto High School in Kitwe worked under advisor Dr. Hastings M. Libati, partnering with Macha Works. Macha Works is a non-profit organization that helps cultivate and retain talented workers in rural communities throughout Africa.
The team engaged as many children as possible by implementing computer-aided learning with digital-teaching and promoting information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge for social change. Their units act as learning stations with comprehensive, interactive tutorial websites that cover such topics as science, math, art, logic quizzes, and English.
Additionally, trained student volunteers presented technology-related talks to secondary school students covering computer basics, computer networking, and trends in information and communications technology.
Bringing technology and educational tools to rural communities in Zambia will ultimately allow for a higher quality of education and improved quality of life throughout Zambia and other developing countries.