Africa Internet Technology Initiative, MIT
The MIT-Africa Internet Technology Initiative (MIT-AITI) is an
innovative program started by MIT students to integrate computers
and Internet technology into the education of students in African
schools. The program uses innovations such as cutting edge programming
tools and free open-source systems to introduce students in Africa
to the Internet, and to equip them with skills that will allow them
to be creative and resourceful. Given that information technology
carries the potential to empower people around the globe with knowledge,
African students need to be equipped with the tools and skills needed
for the development of information technology.
The vision of MIT-AITI is not only to teach students in the classroom,
but also to have impact on the participating schools and communities.
In the past years of the program, students have succeeded in getting
jobs in their local IT industry. They also have been involved in
web development for local community initiatives. The program aims
to serve a wide audience across gender and income levels. Finally,
MIT-AITI has succeeded in improving the quality of education at
the SWchools by teaching African teachers and equipping them with
the necessary knowledge set, thus enabling sustainable development
of the curriculum at each school.