Watch the video above to follow teenager Catherine (Molo District, Kenya), who uses one of the 100 British Council/Microsoft digital hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa to make her dream of going to university come true.
Helping schools and communities to access ICT
The British Council Tanzania is working in partnership with Microsoft to bring Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions to tens of thousands of Tanzanian students, through the use of computing digital hubs. Project Badiliko (a Swahili word which means change) gives teachers, students and the wider community access to ICT in their areas, while also providing professional development opportunities for teachers.
How does it work?
The British Council Tanzania works directly with regional and district education offices to identify and secure suitable host schools for the installation of each digital hub. Because these schools are strategically selected, nearby communities (and schools clustered within each region) are also able to benefit from the Badiliko resources.
Each hub has a digital ambassador, who arranges installation of 20 networked desktop computers. The digital ambassador acts as the hub administrator and helps with ICT training. Students, teachers and community members receive specialised ICT training over the course of the week immediately after installation, and follow up support.
Each computer has Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Word already installed, as well as other support programmes. Students and staff also have access to the British Council’s online learning resources, such as professional development courses and English language materials.
Our track record
The British Council and Microsoft have installed Badiliko digital hubs in the regions of Iringa, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Arusha and Kilimanjaro. These hubs already give ICT access to more than 70 primary and secondary schools across Tanzania. Digital ambassadors selected from each region have been trained to provide continuous and ongoing support to manage the equipment in each hub and enable schools to get the most out of the resources provided.
Since 2012, almost 2,000 school leaders and teachers have benefitted from ICT training at these 15 Badiliko digital hubs. These hubs service a larger cluster of selected schools in their area, giving students and community members access to new ICT learning opportunities. By the beginning of 2013, approximately forty thousand students across the country had already received digital and online learning access through the Badiliko project.
Our British Council Badiliko team also work closely with relevant ministries, regional and district education offices to ensure local ownership of the resources, working within the national ICT strategy and policy planning for the future of Information Communication Technology in Tanzania.
'Badiliko is providing a chance for us to acquire computers skills and knowledge hence we can interact and communicate with others better and reflect this in our teaching.' – Innocent Emmanuel Sawe Akyoo, Teacher at Nkoarika Primary School, Arusha