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Project information

Digital Literacy for 6000 Students

The Turing Trust bridges the digital divide in Africa by providing schools with computers. We work in Malawi, providing PCs and eLearning resources to pupils. We want to increase how many PCs we give to Malawian schools & need help with shipping costs to create a world with equal digital opportunity

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: The Turing Trust

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  • Need


    In Malawi, 98% of schools are without access to a computer, and rural Malawian students particularly lack access to ICT facilities in classrooms. This means that there is a huge and unmet demand for ICT skills in the Malawian workforce with only 14% of secondary school graduates being suitably qualified. Consequently Malawian schoolchildren are being left behind in the digital age due to a lack of access to adequate facilities, resulting in exclusion from the online world we take for granted.


    A major cause of Malawian poverty is the high cost associated with transportation to a landlocked African country. This means that all imported products are much more expensive to buy than in most countries. For example, a 2nd hand PC in Malawi will typically cost £70. We’ve been able to get PCs into classrooms for around £12 per PC. Combined with our eLibrary, we are ensuring Malawian communities aren't being left behind in the digital age by providing easily accessible learning resources.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Donate IT equipment and eLibrary resources to Malawian schools benefitting the whole local community


    » With the help of our fantastic team of volunteers, we are preparing a shipment of PCs to go to Malawi which will be sent when funding is in place.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increased number of Malawian schools with access to digital tools and skills.

  • Impact


    By donating PCs to Malawi and providing schools with digital tools and skills we will enable schoolchildren to learn and participate in the digital world. We want to significantly increase the number of schools and communities with access to PCs and through this our eLibrary. This will not only enable schools to incorporate a wider variety of detailed and easily accessible materials into their lessons, but it will also provide better access to the job market for the local community.


    Donating IT equipment to a landlocked country comes with its issues. We have previously encountered obstacles with IT maintenance and establishing relationships with the schools we work in. We've tackled these by building strong relationships with partner institutions on the ground in Malawi. We have a team of local Turing Trust staff who install and maintain our PCs at the schools and work alongside the Centre for Youth Development to target and maintain good relationships with our schools.


    We have in place thorough monitoring and evaluation procedures, visiting and assessing each school individually. Our strong presence on Social Media and regular updates to our website allow us to share our progress in Malawi and the impact our project is having on local communities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Training We deliver training courses locally for IT skills and maintenace
      £7,000 Shipping costs Shipping costs to Malawi
  • Background


    Our project is based in Malawi, where we have a base in Mzuzu.

    Malawi is the 6th poorest country in the world and is landlocked, bordering Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

    In today's digital world, 98% of schools are without access to a computer leaving hundreds of thousands of young people without the opportunity to take advantage of online sphere. This not only impacts education but also business.


    Although targeted at schools, our project will benefit the whole community. We estimate we can benefit 6000 pupils and their families who will be able to access the resources and skills we are providing.

    We will bring IT skills to young people who will then be able to use these in the workplace. These young people and their teachers will also have access to our eLibrary, meaning that their lessons can encompass more than just the notes from their teacher's notebook.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Turing Trust has been taking donations of IT and refurbishing them for use in African schools since 2009. We have a strong team based both in the UK and in Malawi who combine years of IT experience and local knowledge to ensure our projects run smoothly.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Gondwe

    James is the Director of CYD Malawi and coordinates our work bringing over a decade of development experience.

    Neil Gilchrist

    Neil is the Turing Trust Operations Manager in Edinburgh and brings decades of experience in managing IT projects.

    Georgia Strachan

    Georgia is the Fundraising and Communications Manager at the Turing Trust and has managed the Big Give Christmas Challenge Project.