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Israeli aid groups helps set up computer centers in Eastern Africa

A computer center set up by Israeli and American aid groups in Eastern Africa, March 2021. (SmartAID/courtesy)
A computer center set up by Israeli and American aid groups in Eastern Africa, March 2021. (SmartAID/courtesy)

An Israeli aid group has partnered with US-based organizations to set up 21 computer centers in Eastern Africa.

SmartAID says in a statement that together with STEMpower and DHL, it is setting up the computer and electronic labs across Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya.

“These centres are teaching tens of thousands of students attending higher academic institutions, and will also offer after-school courses to hundreds of thousands of students attending primary and secondary schools within the universities’ surrounding areas,” the statement says.

“Most of these students have never had the opportunity to work with real science & engineering equipment, nor have they ever had the tools to interact with computers, software, and to learn programming and coding.

The computers are said to be mostly solar-powered and therefore to use little electricity.

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