Project information

Hatcliffe High School IT Lab Appeal

We would like to refurbish and equip Hatcliffe High School, Harare, Zimbabwe, with 60 networked computers plus teacher's laptop, server, computer software, projector, printer, cartridges and router. This project will have a transformative effect on teaching IT and other subjects at the school.

12 months

Charity information: IT Schools Africa

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  • Need


    The school currently has a very rudimentary IT classroom equipped with only 10 working computers. These computers are more than 10 years old and are very slow. Class sizes in the school are more than 30 so pupils share three to a computer.

    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 litera


    IT Schools Africa will refurbish the IT lab with 60 desktop computers, a teacher's laptop, digital projector, classroom network, printer, internet connection, computer software 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 at this school in Harare, Zimbabwe.


    » Refurbish a classroom, rewire, new floor, redecorate
    » Fabricate new benches and desks/chairs for 60 children
    » Provide and install adequate suitable security measures (burglar bars, padlocks etc) for the equipment
    » Install 60 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 and provide computer software for a broad range of subjects on to the computers.
    » Provide broadband internet router and 12 months subscription
    » Run a 5-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

  • Impact


    The project aims to improve access to IT education, not only for the children but for teachers and the local community. 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.


    There is a risk concerning the security of the equipment. We select schools that demonstrate they have adequate facilities to house the equipment (a completed, concrete building). In addition, we will install burglar bars and door screens.


    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: £20,920

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 IT equipment Refurbished computers x 60 plus laptop
      £6,000 Refurbishment Re-wiring, new floor, redecorate, desks etc
      £2,000 Project mgmt Including travel and monitoring
      £1,800 Teacher training 5-day course/12 mnth subscription (8 computers)
      £1,120 Wireless cards Including spares x 70
      £2,500 Other IT equip Server, software, projector, printer, router etc
      £1,500 Installation Installation, 6 mthly maintenance, security

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Allan & Nesta Ferguson CT £9,657 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Hatcliffe High School is a secondary school in a 'high density' or shanty town area to the north east of Harare, Zimbabwe.


    The school has 1,100 pupils who come from predominantly low income families. A significant proportion of these families have lost both parents to AIDS and are headed by the oldest child. Due to the number of pupils the school operates in shifts 7.00 - 12.00 and 12.00 - 17.00. After 17.00 Hatcliffe also operates as a night school offering learning opportunities to adults and school leavers aiming to improve their qualifications.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IT Schools Africa has been distributing computers to African schools since 2004 and working in Zimbabwe since 2009. We have an established NGO, Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CZwS) who distribute the computers. They have a competent Programme Manager, and a well qualified board of trustees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Pollock, Overseas Operations Manager

    Overall responsibility for the project and the budget holder.

    Justin Mupinda, Programme Manager For Computers For Zimbabwean Schools

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

Existing IT lab, with only 10 computers

Existing IT lab, with only 10 computers


Buys a hard drive to store educational software