More than 100 children living in poverty will soon have the opportunity to engage with technology, many for the first time in their lives. Jamf recently unveiled an innovation pod that will give kindergarten students at Hope School access to a variety of technologies, including iPads and digital curriculum. Located in Cité Soleil, Haiti – an impoverished, over-populated area near the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince – Hope School is an extension of Healing Haiti, an organisation that strives to improve the lives of the Haitian people.
“It is our mission to not only introduce these kids to iPads but, more importantly, to get them excited about the possibilities that technology could bring into their lives,” said Dean Hager, CEO, Jamf.
Jamf began their work in Haiti in 2017 with the creation of an Innovation Centre within Grace Academy, also run by Healing Haiti. The initial project supplied the centre with hardware. A subsequent trip provided internet access, additional hardware and more training for both students and teachers. Expanding the project to include an innovation pod allows more students the opportunity to get their hands on technology.
Constructed by Modular Life Solutions, the pod is a hub for the use of technology and instructional practices. Each of the pod’s five collaborative workspaces include an interactive display powered by Apple TV.
Students at Hope School will use a variety of apps – such as Swift Playground, Duolingo and Khan Academy, among many others – to gain access to a diversified library of content.
“Seeing everything included in the innovation pod is truly seeing our vision come to life,” Hager added. “These kids who come from virtually nothing will have the opportunity to engage with technology and resources that they likely never would have seen.”
Plans to replicate this work and deliver innovation pods to other areas of need are currently in progress. Any organisation interested in supporting this project can reach out to Dave Saltmarsh at email@example.com.