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Asante Africa Foundation has a strong track record partnering with communities to overcome the barriers to quality education. We know that young people learn more effectively and develop stronger interest in digital learning, math, and sciences if they engage with the subjects early through hands-on experiences.
These experiences present Africa with viable opportunities for building human capital, solving intractable problems, and opening doors for those seeking employment and a higher quality of life. We are seeking partners to help us bring technical education to rural African classrooms, creating strong employees, innovators and entrepreneurs.
These professionals will be in high demand, with diverse career choices and higher salaries than their counterparts as a result of our programs. Partnering with Asante Africa Foundation to invest in African economies provides opportunities to create markets, establish brands, shape industry structures, influence customer preferences, and establish long-term relationships.
African students are becoming very tech-savvy. When given the opportunity they engage with one another through technology as a primary means of communication. Ensuring education takes place within this environment means that students will naturally engage more actively within the education space – learning more and increasing their knowledge around technology at the same time.
We forged a successful partnership with Khan Academy in 2012 to translate almost 1,000 math and science videos from English to Kiswahili, significantly increasing accessibility of world-class content to learners throughout Kiswahili speaking East Africa. Learn More>
Today technology is wealth. Africa is attracting top companies to drive the era of technology consumerism, but without a workforce that is well educated and trained in technology no strong capability will emerge for creating and managing high-tech processes.
That there are problems with Africa’s education system is not disputed. For example, Tanzania and Kenya’s infrastructure poses problems when it comes to delivering advanced technology to schools. Lack of access to electricity is one hurdle, while regular maintenance of computers once they reach schools is another.
Through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative, Asante Africa Foundation is partnering with the business community to solve these issues by not only providing computers, but also by delivering solar panel systems that can keep the schools charged, broadband access for global connectivity, equipment and facilities maintenance contracting, and teacher training. Without the help necessary to participate in Africa’s technology boom, these rural communities will be left behind, widening the divide that breeds instability.
Africa has the potential to create its own bright future while contributing positively to the global economy, but it doesn’t have to do it alone. With international support, Africa can seed a new economic layer, a layer that offers a redesigned continent that is driven by the brain power of its citizens. Africa has many latent talents; quality education can unlock them.
The intent of Asante Africa Foundation’s Technology in the Classroom Initiative is to bring technology and infrastructure development to rural areas of Africa. The Technology in the Classroom Initiative has established 3 objectives in regard to bringing infrastructure to rural areas of Africa:
Information and communications technology (ICT) is key to continued economic growth for Africa.
A combination of investment in enabling infrastructure and a well-educated workforce could transform Africa into a regional hub for IT innovation and services. ICT could become a major employer in Africa.
Furthermore, over time Africa could develop into a global innovator that is recognized worldwide for its ICT genius in the way India has been in the recent past. Asante Africa Foundation, through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative, is partnering with local governments, NGO’s, and the international business community to bring ICT to rural areas of Africa.
1. Computers and Servers The Technology in the Classroom Initiative empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology, preparing them with skills essential for their academic and career success.
2. Mobile Internet According to the Guardian, Africa’s vast mobile population is creating a new investment opportunity for mobile operators, content providers, smart card companies and mobile phone manufacturers. The African continent is at the heart of the mobile revolution.
3. Broadband There’s been significant progress in Africa’s broadband investments with high capacity broadband projects being rolled out across the continent. These connections are set to drive down the cost and increase accessibility of broadband in Africa, reducing the cost of doing business on the continent. Further investment is needed to extended broadband connectivity to rural areas of Africa.
4. E-Agriculture Mobile phones are currently being used by farmers in various African countries to determine daily farm prices in local markets, process orders and to issue warnings of an imminent drought or severe rain. e-Agriculture is revolutionizing communication in African farming.
5. E- Healthcare There is a demand for collaborative technologies that provide rural doctors with access to internationals experts during medical procedures in real time, creating investment opportunities for mobile internet, broadband, and computer and server companies.