Project information

Supply 2,200 computers to state schools in Zambia

To supply 2,200 computers to state schools in Zambia over a 12-month period. The computers will be sourced from donations in the UK, refurbished by IT Schools Africa, in partnership with the Prison Service, and shipped to our in-country NGO, Computers for Zambian Schools in Lusaka, for distribution

12 months

Charity information: IT Schools Africa

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  • Need


    IT literacy is a critical issue for the life chances of African children and the economic development of their countries. Across Africa there is an acute shortage of computers in schools. Almost all state and faith-based schools in Zambia have received 10-20 computers from our programme and taking into account computers received from other sources, these schools now have 20-30 computers. However, with class sizes of 40-60 this is inadequate and the number of computers needs to be closer to 100


    We estimate that the number of children using the 2,200 computers over a six-year lifespan will be around 70,000. The outcomes we are seeking to achieve are: more Zambian children gaining basic ITC literacy skills; more Zambian children passing recognised exams in ICT; improved job prospects for these children based on these skills and qualifications; and a broadening of the Zambian economy to include more knowledge based activities. We are already seeing some evidence of the above.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To supply 2,200 computers to state schools in Zambia over a 12-month period.


    » Source the computers from donations in the UK, refurbish them in partnership with our Prison Service programme, and ship them to our in-country NGO.

    Success will be...the number of children receiving ICT lessons; the number sitting and passing ICT exams; the degree to which the computers are used; level of internet access

  • Impact


    In the long term we hope to see more pupils gain basic ICT literacy skills. Pupils who have graduated from some of the first schools to receive computers from our programme in 2006-2007 have gone on to find jobs in the IT sector and establish small businesses such as internet cafes and IT consultancies.


    The political situation is some of the African countries that we work in is sometimes uncertain, but our experience on the ground has been a very positive one.


    Local staff and staff from the UK undertake visits to schools to assess the use of the computers. NGOs visit schools to monitor effective use, identify technical problems and provide monthly summary reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £142,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Screens Purchase of 300 refurbished flat screens
      £30,000 Shipping Cost of shipping four containers
      £104,500 Computers Refurbishment of 2,200 computers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Beit Trust £7,500 Conditional
  • Background


    The computers are refurbished at our headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in the UK and using the Prison Service programme at five prisons. The computers will be shipped to Zambia, Africa


    In Africa: State and faith-based secondary schools in Zambia.
    In the UK: Work experience pupils and long-term unemployed on back-to-work placements at our warehouse. Prisoners in our Restorative Justice programme at five prisons in the country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IT Schools Africa has been supplying refurbished computers to Africa since 2004 and are helping to improve the education of thousands, if not millions, of children in some of the poorest countries of the world. We believe the charity is making a difference in three key areas: education; poverty alleviation and penal reform.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Barnes

    Programme Director