Project information

Malawi School Computer Lab Appeal

We would like to refurbish and equip a school in Malawi with 40 networked computers, digital projectors and internet connections. These projects have a transformative effect on schools, improving the teaching of other subjects as well as IT.

6 months

Charity information: IT Schools Africa

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  • Need


    There are two key areas the project will help to improve:
    The number of school leavers' with access to better paid jobs.
    The number of school leavers' going on to further education (students struggle to complete coursework/dissertations, without IT literacy).


    IT Schools Africa will refurbish a classroom with 40 desktop computers, a teacher's laptop, digital projector, classroom network, internet connection and surge protectors. This will enable more children to have access to IT education; to improve their IT literacy and to go on to further education and better paid jobs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the number of pupils being taught IT as a subject in rural parts of northern Malawi.


    » Refurbish a classroom; rewire, redecorate and seal the floor.
    » Fabricate new benches and desks for 45 children.
    » Provide adequate and install suitable security measures (burglar bars, padlocks etc) for the equipment.
    » Install 45 pupil computers plus one teacher laptop; connected by wireless network. Install digital projector, laser printer and surge protectors.

    Success will be moving from three pupils to a computer, to having a computer each. Increasing by 20 children per grade (per year) taking IT as an optional subject.

    Aim 2

    To increase the number of pupils sitting and passing formal IT exams.


    » Upload digital curriculum material for a broad range of subjects on to the computers.
    » Provide broadband internet access to four computers for one year.
    » Run a five day training course for teachers from the school and surrounding schools.

    Success will be an improvement of 50 children per grade (per year) sitting IT as an exam.

    Aim 3

    To increase the number of girls taking IT as a subject.


    » We will prioritise all girl and co-educational schools when choosing a school.

    Success will be providing IT education to a co-ed or all girls school; teaching 80+ girls per grade/year (approximate school size is 700-1,200).

  • Impact


    The project aims to improve access to IT education, not only for the children, but for teachers and the local communities. The school will be encouraged to generate income from the lab from activities such as; hosting exams for other schools, a venue for computer training or a small internet cafe. We will demonstrate success by monitoring the ongoing progress of the school and the IT lab; recording usage for IT, other subjects/activities and the revenue generated.


    There is a risk concerning the security of the equipment. Our selection of school is based on their ability to demonstrate they have adequate facilities to house the equipment (a completed, concrete building) . In addition we will install burglar bars, window locks and door padlocks.


    A report upon the completion of the lab (refurbished and equipped). A further report when the lab has been in use for six and then 18 months.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,961

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,435 IT equipment Refurbished computers x 45, plus teacher's laptop
      £4,500 Classroom refurb Re-wiring, new floor, redecorate, new desks/chairs
      £1,500 Project mgmt, Malawi & UK Including travel and monitoring
      £920 Teacher training/Broadband 5 day course / 12 months subscription for x 4 computers
      £800 Wireless cards Including spares x 50
      £1,806 All other IT equip Server, server/computer software, projector, printer, cartridges, router
      £1,000 Installation/Maintenance Installation fee, 6 monthly maintenance visits, security improvements
  • Background


    We will give priority to schools in the northern region of the country, on the basis that they are able to meet the basic requirements of the charity (have a ready built concrete structure to accommodate the equipment).


    The northern region of Malawi has an estimated population of 2,000,000. Literacy rates for females is estimated at 68%. The local people largely rely on agriculture as a source of income. Beneficiaries of the project are expected to be 1,050 - 1,800 (based on typical school size of 700-1200 and a working life of six years from the computers).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been distributing computers to African schools since 2004 and working in Malawi since 2006. We have an established local NGO, Computers for Malawian Schools (CFMS), who distribute the computers; they have a very competent Programme Manager, well qualified Board of Trustees and they have good links to the Ministry of Education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Barnes, Programme Director For IT Schools Africa

    Overall responsibility for the project and the budget holder.

    Sabina Kulasinghe, Programme Manager For Computers For Malawian Schools

    On site project management, supervision of contractors, all local payments and interface with the schools.


Pays for a computer in an African school