Camera Education – Student Placements through Transnational Partnerships

Camera Education

http://cameraeducation.com/

 

Who was involved?
A UK – Irish Exchange

A student from Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University, UK, carried out their undergraduate dissertation with Irish company Camera Education. Business development managers (BDM) in LEC and University College Dublin, introduced Naomi Loh-Baxter from Lancaster to Camera Education based in Dublin, Ireland. The BDM’s supported Naomi while she carried out her dissertation and this contributed to a core part of her degree.

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Who are Camera Education?
What did the Student do?

Camera Education is a social enterprise that reuses technology to improve education in disadvantaged communities in Ireland, Africa and the Caribbean. This is to provide better education and livelihood skills and to help break the cycle of poverty. Camera Education refurbishes donated computers and loads them with educational software before being dispatched to schools. Through Camera Education’s work, over 40,000 computers have been sent to eLearning labs in 2000 schools and community groups, with 11,000 teachers receiving training and support. Camera Education were keen to explore the environmental and social benefits of their IT reuse and recycling. A project was developed that required Naomi to 1) undertake qualitative analysis regarding the environmental benefits of computer reuse rather than recycling, 2) to explore the environmental cost of manufacturing new equipment and energy return on recycled equipment, and 3) to explore the life span of reused computers and potential societal benefits resulting from their reuse. Naomi, initially visited Camera Education at their HQ in Dublin helping to scope the aims of the study and gaining contacts for the schools approached during the study.

Impact & Outcomes

Through Naomi’s research the future education and social benefits that educational technology can bring to education have been explored. Further research potential in this area was identified, including the recent shift in technology used in earliest forms of education and expansion to explore impacts on a wider geographic scale. For example Camera Education have also been involved in dispatching to disadvantaged schools in Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia which could have significant societal benefits.

This transnational student placement was supported through KARIM. KARIM, the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network, is a project funded by the European Union. The aim of this project was to build a network for SME’s, University partners and other ‘innovation actors’ across NW Europe and by so doing to help boost the competitiveness of innovative SME’s in this region. For more information about KARIM seehttp://www.karimnetwork.com/about/ or you can follow them on twitter:  @KARIM_Network   or contact the lead partners:

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