The Raspberry Pi Project
- Region: Tori Agouako, Atlantique, Benin
- Started Date: Late 2012
- Partners: African Love International, All People Be Happy Foundation
- Current Status: Ongoing
The Raspberry Pi is a miniature computer released in early 2012. It was designed as a valuable learning tool to teach computer programming to students of all ages. This capable wallet sized PC utilizes Linux and offers many of the same functions of your average desktop PC including spreadsheets, word processing, and programming. The Pi is very affordable at only $35.00 USD each. Only one year after its launch, Cercle Social is embracing the Pi’s breakthrough technology with the perfect balance of academic benefit and affordability. We are implementing this unique learning unit into our computer lab in Benin.
Cercle Social currently provides Benin high school students (http://goo.gl/maps/gtY1Y) year round computer classes with limited traditional desktop computers. The Raspberry Pi will gradually replace the traditional desktop PCs we use for our project and allow us to repurpose the computers for use in secondary schools.
We are expanding our current computer program with the addition of Pi’s as a more affordable and compact option for the classroom. This will give us the ability to provide additional students with their first experience using a computer in a fun and interactive way.
|Affordable: 10 times cheaper than a desktop|
|An embedded system
Suitable for deployment everywhere
|Portable and lightweight|
50 times less power than a desktop
|Running open source software|
|Powerful enough for teaching basics of computers in schools|
Cercle Social is continually working to improve the quality of the training offered to benefit students. Volunteers support this program through the summer months keeping students off the streets, focused on learning. This program positively impacts graduation success rates and increases participant’s chances of financial independence. We are partnering with job recruiters hiring for student internships. As the Pi project grows, our reputation will keep recruiters seeking participating students.
At this time, the minimum number of students annually benefiting from the Pi program is 100. Your contribution will increase this number. Just a $35.00 USD donation will put a computer in a classroom used to teach computer classes to five students a year!