Mission Africa Programs

Computers and Communication Program

Computers and Communication program was developed to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in underserved schools in Tanzania as well as to prepare students/pupils for further education and training and for living and working in a digital world. It will also become a source of employment to the underserved youth.

We focus on

  1. Establishing Computer refurbishing and repair centers inorder to provide cheaper and affordable yet reliable computers and create employment for the youths.
  2. Installing Computers in underserved school libraries so as to provide computer skills, access to internet and online libraries, as well as prepare them for ICT jobs.
  3. Improving communication systems in underserved areas inorder to improve on communication by use of affordable technologies to the underserved areas.

Refurbishing and reusing working computers is up to 20 times more energy efficient than recycling them. The reuse has lower resource depletion costs than recycling and it is more environmentally beneficial.

Why should reuse be prioritized in Mission Africa–Tanzania?

ICT equipments are often replaced long before the end of their productive lives; their reuse brings additional benefits such as providing access to those unable to afford them new. The superior performance of reuse has been recognized elsewhere (EU & USA). Mission Africa will establish refurbishing centers to refurbish and reuse the ICT equipments in their productive lives from the developed countries and provide cheaper and affordable computers to the underserved areas of Tanzania. Establishment of school libraries is one of Mission Africa-Tanzania’s goals whereby students will be learning computer skills.

What’s to be gained by reusing the computer?

Computer reuse has additional social and economic benefits;

  1. PCs are vital for modern business function and can increase access to education and health services. The “digital divide” contributes to the health gap and the expense of ICT is one major contributor to this divide.
  2. Lower purchase cost of a refurbished computer can make it available to those who could not afford it new, and can contribute to achieving economic and social development goals.
  3. Reuse activities can create income–generating opportunities for youth.

Reuse creates 296 more jobs for every 10,000 tones of material disposed of annually.

Benefits of computer use to the underserved communities of Tanzania:

  1. Students can access digital curriculum and discover opportunities for study and employment
  2. Organizations are able to express their needs. Small businesses can market their products and gain useful market information. People can contact friends and stay in touch with families.
  3. More and more employers require computer skills.
  4. Organizations can use computers to research and find support for their work.