AMI to recycle computers for schoolgirls in Ethiopia

By Maurice Garvey

RATHCOOLE based IT recycling company AMI has announced a collaboration with the Irish charity Camara Education which will see them bringing 100 e-learning centres to Ethiopian schoolgirls.

As part of the agreement, AMI will recycle computers donated to Camara Education by companies including ESB, Dell and Symantec.

AMI Ethiopian schoolgirls compressor

The new computers will give students in Ethiopia an opportunity to improve their STEM knowledge

The initiative will give schoolgirls in Ethiopia’s Southern People’s Province, where female adult literacy is just 22 per cent, the opportunity to improve their STEM knowledge while also affording them the opportunity to learn about female health, equality and entrepreneurship issues.

The partnership will see 2,500 computers being provided to the e-learning centres which are run by Camara-trained teachers.

AMI will recycle computers donated to Camara in order to equip the e-learning centres. High-spec computers will be resold by AMI and the proceeds from each one will be used to fund up to six additional computers for the project.

Philip McMichael, CEO, AMI, said: “We are delighted to team up with Camara Education on this fantastic initiative to educate girls in Ethiopia.

"While these computers may no longer be fit for purpose for today’s digitally transforming enterprises, they can quite literally be a lifeline for disadvantaged schoolchildren.

"They will provide them with the education and digital skills to unlock new opportunities for the future.”

Mr McMichael said GDPR regulations are to the fore in the project.

“Any hardware that is donated to Camara is collected by security-vetted, trained and uniformed AMI collection crews and transported in unmarked, GPS-tracked vehicles.

!We then use our advanced equipment and data erasure software to ensure that all data-bearing equipment is cleansed to the most stringent global standards before refurbishment or resale.”

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