Sustainable ICT Educational program
Making a difference
"African Schools on Line" a proven comprehensive ICT program
for overseas Primary & Secondary schools. Born in Africa but
applicable for worldwide usage
ASOL is the complete package, enabling overseas schools not just
with computer access for the millions of children still lacking
access to the most basic of resources, but offering a comprehensive
package including teacher training, curriculum development and
business planning to ensure development and sustainability of such
The program has operated since 1995 working with the Ministry of
Education in various countries and in addtion as in Africa a high
percentage of Church run schools, primarily located in less well
resourced locations being rural and township.
The background and history can be read on this page as also how
sponsorship, primarily that of computers, shipping does make a
difference with over 1000 secondary schools alone having benefitted
and made possible through support from airlines as with British
Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Kenyan Airways and of course Microsoft to
ensure that all equipment supplied is fully licensed and
West versus the developing World!
- A global disparity exists between Western and Developing World
where the West representing 20% world population have to the 80%
without ... Some divide!
Education is sited "as the Single most powerful weapon against
poverty". But the irony exists where education appears more highly
valued and prized by the many experiencing real limitations of
access to education from varying factors as Culture, School fees or
just limited basic educational provision. Then compare educational
access to that of Western Worlds where education has become a
right, rather than a passion.
- Shipping redundant computer equipment to far flung countries is
not the solution to aid 80% of the world's children to gain equal
educational opportunities with their Western counterparts. But it's
- Western life is not comparable; fundamental differences are
only to apparent for which neither cultures are necessarily the
richer or wiser. But a mutual understanding & respect is
paramount for change to take place.
For many the notion of facing everyday life with the certainty
of facing uncertainty would be quite alien. Places where there are
no five year plans, surviving 24 hours would be an achievement. No
free Health Care, No free Primary and Secondary education, No
welfare aid, Forget plumbed & safe drinking water or continuous
Then combined with a multitude of natural dangers, let alone
ongoing political & civil unrest provides the bigger picture of
what is for inhabitants of continents such as Africa, Asia, South
America and here in Europe with some former Eastern European
countries lacking everyday assurances that we view as basic
A simple comparison of University library computer usage
illustrates this contrast. Whether Europe or USA, I remain sure the
results would be similar. However within the UK, University
computer usage revealed 80% of users being Social media as compared
to 95% of students in an equivalent overseas University undertaking
actual studies! (Results compiled by CfC 2012)
- Surely children eager to learn and teachers dedicated to
providing the best for their students deserve more, including
encouragement and support. Hence the development of "African
Schools on Line" in 1995 and "Streamline" in 2013 and more recently
Vocational curriculum courses developed by CfC for use in UK &
Overseas secondary Schools or Colleges ( Click these links for
"Worldwide Advice & Support" &
European & Overseas Support
Computers for Charities provides wide ranging advice and
assistance to Charities, NGO's, Government bodies, Church &
Faith groups across the UK, EU and Overseas since 1994
- We operate totally by invitation to provide initial advice and
direction for established NGO's, Government departments and Church
/ Faith groups
- Offering impartial advice to projects and organisations across
the World. i.e developing village tele health care in India, Prison
education in Eastern Europe, Educational access for Child
prostitutes and more...
- Funding limitations are a fact of life, however our ethos has
been to respond to need, and assist wherever practicable.
- Streamline ICT support available to Education
Ministries worldwide - Developed
- Streamline is a resource freely available to Overseas Education
Authorities supporting Primary & Secondary level.
- For many countries the legacy exists of years of uncoordinated
donor support, particularly too overseas schools and manifested by
a disparity of resources & curriculum. It's an all too familiar
story of how can we balance and standardise ICT, curriculum and
- Streamline is here to help identify, correlate and coordinate
your schools ICT development at local, regional or national
- Streamline provides access to a dedicated volunteer team
possessing the skills to aid the process of local. regional or
national ICT standardisation.
- For more information or advice to how we can help you. Please
Email Simon or call: +(44) 1323
2. Accredited Computer Hardware Refurbishment course -
Accredited QCF Level 2 Diploma WAMITAB or NPA Level 4 award SQA
& Level 1 Waste & Recycling WAMITAB. More information
These established courses suitable from Secondary level
include full materials are now available to Overseas Ministries
of Education & Independent Schools seeking new syllabus
- Strong interest is being received, with meetings underway with
a number of Educational Attaches in London based High Commissions.
Keen to hear how this resource can provide wider educational
benefits and skills for children in secondary or college education
worldwide. Fully suitable also for adult education
- This innovative diploma Level 1 Computer Hardware course
providing practical and theoretical key skills in Computer repairs,
Recycling, Health & Safety and more. Suitable as a Science or
vocational subject for 14 - 95 year olds, providing a stepping
stone to higher education or employment
- More information. Click the Link or Call: Telephone
+(44) 01323 848588 or email Simon
3. " African Schools on Line" a schools and
community ICT program not just for Africa but operating Worldwide.
Read the story
Hailsham, Albania, Uganda
People we assist
Whilst Computers remain a key part of the charities
activities. Our core activity is working with people either
directly through the organisations and projects we support or
within the charity itself.
From workers in Romania, School children in Zimbabwe, Migrants
in Calais, Offenders in Prison or the caller today making a general
enquiry. Our slogan aptly describes the organisations ethos "
Passionate about People" with our endeavours to offer security,
acceptance and dignity to those we encounter.
Sadly capacity limits what can ideally be offered, however
whatever the circumstances we try to give every one a chance.
Bob is one such fellow. He was referred to us by one of the
agencies and now attends of his own accord for around 12 months...
His schooling was undertaken at a school for children with special
needs, there he was bullied to the extent of having bricks thrown
at him. As with all new volunteers, we ask that they write a short
life history to help us get to know them better.
Bob has mental health issues, which have not made it easy to get
a job. Still living at home, but then so is his older brother with
parents now well into their 70's.
Bob writes about his volunteering at CfC. Saying " I like
the fact I can get up in the morning and go to work like everyone
else in this world. I am allowed to function as an individual and
have found a new confidence and the ability to work with others. I
used to be shy and was bullied, I wouldn't say boo to anyone"
Nowdays its the opposite and a real job to stop him jabbering.
Sadly for people like Bob, the outside world is not so caring and a
lot more demanding.
Work Experience Opportunities Young and Older
Erasmus, Work Experience, Internships
Computers for Charities has ongoing experience
of providing work experience opportunities for all ages 16+.
European Students are a regular feature at the Charities
workshop, given our links with Colleges in Bavaria, Germany,
Northern France and now Spain....
Julian and Jeremy featured in the photo are from Northern France
undertaking 4 and 8 week experiences through the EU Erasmus
The Erasmus program seeks to provide work experience
opportunities for students in other EU countries, improve language
and cultural skills. More Information for students presented by
former Erasmus students Stefan and Julien can be found on Youtube
click this LINK
Other opportunities are available year round. For more
information please get in touch or click this LINK
- Contact: Telephone:+(44) 01323 848588 or