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- Region: Tori Agouako, Atlantique, Benin
- Started Date: Late 2012
- Partners: A.L.I — AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation.
- Current Status: Ongoing
What is a Raspberry PI ?The Raspberry Pi is a miniature computer released in early 2012. It was designed as a valuable learning tool to teach computer programming to students of all ages. This capable wallet sized PC utilizes Linux and offers many of the same functions of your average desktop PC including spreadsheets, word processing, and programming. The Pi is very affordable at only $35.00 USD each. Only one year after its launch, Cercle Social is embracing the Pi’s breakthrough technology with the perfect balance of academic benefit and affordability. We are implementing this unique learning unit into our computer lab in Benin.
What is the project backgroundCercle Social currently provides Benin secondary school students — year round — computer classes with limited traditional desktop computers. The Raspberry Pi will gradually replace the traditional desktop PCs we use for our project and allow us to repurpose the computers for use in secondary schools. We are expanding our current computer program with the addition of Pi’s as a more affordable and compact option for the classroom. This will give us the ability to provide additional students with their first experience using a computer in a fun and interactive way.
What is the project outcome?Before starting the project, 87% of interviewed students said they never touched a real computer. 778 students have registered to take the computing courses from 2012 to 2014 and the demand keeps rising. Participants have been evaluated through writing and practical exams. The analysis of these results showed a 65% improvement of grades for the second year of implementation.
Why Raspberry PI ?
- Affordable: 10 times cheaper than a desktop
- An embedded system — Suitable for deployment everywhere
- Portable and lightweight
- Energy efficient — 50 times less power than a desktop
- Running open source software
- Powerful enough for teaching basics of computers in schools