Childcare facilities to familiarise young children with the use of digital technologies
Although Mali is among the countries with the most promising prospects for economic growth within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the level of education of young children remains far below expectations.
In 2019, the illiteracy rate remains very high, at around 27.7%.
(19.8% for women and 36.1% for men) for those over 15 years of age.
The structural deficiencies of many schools, the lack of qualified staff and modern equipment, are detrimental to young pupils in primary and secondary schools.
The lack of a cultural structure prevents these young people from developing their creativity and expressing their talents.
THE CONCEPT OF THE AFRICA LAB
Access to digital technologies remains a luxury reserved for a certain elite in Mali.
The price of a computer, the exorbitant cost of electricity, as well as the high cost of Internet access, are all factors that deprive a large majority of children of the freedom to learn and expand their knowledge outside of school.
Housed in a 95m² pavilion, LABO AFRICA will be 100% autonomous thanks to its ten hybrid solar panels with a total power of 4000mgW.
It consists of a wooden frame (2 doors, walls, poles and crown) and a waterproof canvas to resist the rainy season.
The LABO AFRICA will take up residence in the very lively district of Kalabancoro, on the banks of the Niger River.
The pavilion will be a real cultural space, open all year round, with introductory classes in new digital technologies accessible twice a week to children aged 8 to 15.