Camara Rwanda, a hub of Irish charity Camara Education, has received a prestigious international innovation award from the Global Development Network. Global Network Development (GND) is a leading international organisation, which focuses on international research and policies that accelerate developments to improve people’s lives.
The competition run by GDN seeks to unearth new talent and support innovative ideas for development. Camara beat 251 other International projects to win first prize for ‘Japanese Award for most Innovative Development Project’. Camara’s ‘’social enterprise’ model, their network of education hubs, and their actual on-the-ground Kigali operations convinced the jurors, from the Worldbank, AUS-Aid, Japan Development, Kenya Central bank, among others to place Camara Rwanda first in this category.
Camara Education, Dublin was set-up in 2005 to use technology to enhance education in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Camara operates a social entrepreneurial model in six African countries, providing affordable educational solutions through the reuse of computers sourced from Irish businesses, government departments and individuals. These computers coupled with educational software, teacher training, technical support, and end-of-life eWaste recycling provides a comprehensive and sustainable solution that gives thousands of African teachers and children greater opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.