Tomorrow, 28 November, we’re joining the international day of generosity, #Giving Tuesday, by raising funds to buy more laptop computers for a mobile library project in Ghana that is helping thousands of children to pass crucial school exams. Every week, with EIFL support, mobile libraries in four regions of Ghana travel to 20 under-resourced schools in poor and rural areas to give children practical experience of computers and the internet. The computers are pre-loaded with content related to the school curriculum – like maths, science and geography – to help the children study and pass their exams.
With more computers, the libraries can help more children. Click here to donate to our project.
All donations received on #GivingTuesday will earn matching funds from GlobalGiving – so please donate as early as possible on the 28th November.
Most schools in poor and rural areas of Ghana do not have computers, internet connections or reliable electricity. Without practical computer experience, children are failing their exams. The cost of failure is high: poor families cannot afford to keep their children in school, and children who must leave school early face uncertain futures. The four mobile libraries each have 15
solar-charged laptops. But the classes are are big, and not all the children can get the hands-on experience they so desperately need.
In 2015/6 our project helped increase the exam pass rate in over 20 schools in the four regions by 20% With your help, we can do better!
Please help us get the word out about our campaign to buy more computers for the mobile libraries and HELP MORE CHILDREN PASS THEIR EXAMS. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and share the link to our project – www.globalgiving.org/projects/hands-on-computer-classes-for-1800-ghana-children.
*Professor of Law and Dean, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (West Bengal, India); Ministry of Human Resources Development Chair Professor of Intellectual Property Rights, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (West Bengal, India); Emeritus Professor of Law, National Law University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan, India). The author is grateful to the anonymous referees for their constructive comments and suggestions on earlier draft of the paper.
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