Ever wonder where all those used computers go? Thanks to three SIT Graduate Institute students and World Learning’s information technology department, at least 20 of them will find a new home in Liberia.
SIT Graduate students Solomon Muin, Joe Wiah, and Ayoyemi Pratt-Davies are the founders of Books for Peace Investment, a new project that plans to promote literacy and support post-war development in Liberia. The project’s first activity will be donating the computers, along with books and other educational materials, to schools in Virginia, Liberia.
Muin, a reverend and candidate for SIT’s MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, believes that education is the key to maintaining piece in his native Liberia.
“The schools are there, but there are other factors, such as lack of resources, that tend to impede on the education of the children,” said Muin.
The group will focus their initial efforts on creating a library in Virginia. Muin envisions a space where students can use computers and books for research, teachers can access lesson planning materials, and community members can gather to discuss local issues.
The community library has the potential to support 10,000 students in 10 Virginia schools.
For now, ensuring the safe passage of the computers, donated by World Learning after a recent technology upgrade, is Muin’s main priority.
“We are in the age of the computer,” said Muin. “We see no reason why our kids should fall behind.”
To learn more about the project, contact Solomon Muin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-819-5897.