Making a better future a reality
Making a better future a reality
We are convinced that technology is at the heart of human progress. It is estimated that 85% of the occupations that people will have in 2030 do not exist today. It is therefore essential that we work to prepare the next generation – an important part of the workforce of the future.
Technology is a powerful tool for overcoming boundaries and providing new opportunities for children around the world. It gives a child in a remote village access to the same information as someone living in a prosperous environment.
It is important to bring technology to people who need it most – and this is where our learning programmes for young people come into play.
Children with access to 21st century technology and skills with support from Dell
of the participants in the Dell Youth Learning Programmes are Girls
Solar-powered Learning Labs
Imagine you live in an area where the power supply to your home or schools is not always guaranteed. For many people this is reality. Imagine now that you are running a school and have to decide whether the school or the computer room should be supplied with electricity, because the electricity supply is not sufficient for both. What would you choose?
Our goal at Dell Technologies is to provide sustainable connectivity and technology access for schools and communities everywhere. In Africa and Latin America, we use the sun in conjunction with the energy-efficient Dell Wyse thin clients to create solar-powered learning labs.
There are now 18 such classrooms, providing access to technology for over 10,000 students. Our Learning Labs are located in converted, well-ventilated containers equipped with solar panels and Dell technology. Such a classroom with 10 Dell Wyse thin client workstations and an air-cooled server can be run all day long into the evening with only six solar modules.
Learn more about our solar-powered Learning Labs and how these children around the world are building a better future.
Digital education in Ethiopia
In the United Nations World Development Report, Ethiopia ranks 174 out of 188, so it is important to invest in education in that country.
Our first comprehensive learning programme for young people in Ethiopia aims to improve digital literacy in the country. We are equipping 400 schools with Dell computers and providing our long-standing partner Camara Education with funds to provide information and communication technology training for teachers and principals. This transformative programme brings the possibilities of technology closer to 400,000 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 18 who currently have no access to technology at home or at school. They and over 3,000 teachers and school principals will together receive as many as 16 million hours of information and communication technology education.
In China, 3 out of 4 children grow up in rural areas. In education, however, they face many obstacles that peers living in cities do not have to overcome.
When pupils from rural areas or migrant backgrounds have difficulties in a subject, they do not receive any additional support from their teachers, who are not allowed to give tutoring after school. However, the pupils cannot afford private tutoring and have no opportunity to attend the “crammer schools” popular in the city. Their parents are often unable to help them either, as they are also poorly educated in rural areas and the children often live far away from their families.
In 2010, Dell and Stanford University partnered with the Rural Education Access Program (REAP) to provide computer-based learning to students in rural areas across China. The program uses age-appropriate software to teach mathematics, Chinese and English in a fun way. The online version eliminates the need to travel to remote areas to manage the software and allows us to reach more students.
The computer-based learning programme has greatly improved pupils’ examination results. Our goal is to reach one million students through the computer-based learning program by 2020.