The DigiTruck Project: Closing the Digital Divide in Africa

Arrow Electronics / Westmeath Global Communications

 

With more than 182m adults in sub-Saharan Africa unable to read of write, access to information and communication technology is critical to improving Africa’s educational and economic prospects. However, high equipment costs, poor infrastructure, and limited proficiency all prevent muchneeded technology from reaching many areas. Working with non-profit organizations Close the Gap and Hoops of Hope, Arrow Electronics set out to bridge Africa’s digital divide by turning used cargo containers into fully equipped digital classrooms and health clinics that could be deployed to remote areas. The first DigiTruck, kitted out with refurbished electronic devices donated by Arrow’s Value Recovery service, was deployed in Tanzania’s Tuleeni Orphanage in August 2015 where it spent several months before moving onto its next location. Arrow will donate all of the laptops and IT equipment to the orphanage when the truck moves on, providing a permanent learning environment as a lasting legacy. Additional DigiTrucks are now being developed and four other companies have already pledged to help the two non profit organizations by sponsoring similar units.

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