Home' Teacher : August 2011 Contents outs ide the square 71
Due to the charity’s low infrastructure
and administrative costs, it can ef ficiently
distribute all resources directly to pro-
gra ms, serving those who need them most.
It either builds ICT centres from the ground
up or improves and develops existing edu-
Apart from providing the computers ,
EEE provides open source sof tware and
training for basic ICT literacy and skills
important for future commercial use. It has
provided educational materials to support
learning in line with each country’s cur-
riculum, and has promoted medical health
through health education material. It also
develops the capability of local teachers in
leading the technical development of their
students with training in basic ICT and
technology-aided learning. I n certain cases,
it supplies the necessa ry building materials
and labour to house new centres , and buy
furniture a nd other supplies.
So far, EEE has built 12 ICT cen-
tres in rural villages in Sri Lanka, two in
the Philippines , and one for I ndigenous
Australians in Northern Queensland, where
children did not previously have access to
The existing cent res have so far catered
for 4,000 childre n, providing them with
skills that will help them to find employment
and further their education in later years.
The centres located in villages near Kandy,
Sri Lanka, have already made a difference to
the lives of local people: their computer facili-
ties were first used to teach children basic first
aid for snakebites and Dengue fever.
The villages had previously had the high-
est rates of snakebite-related deaths in the
world and it was believed that this was due
to a lack of education on how to treat bites.
Through the EEE ICT centres, the commu-
nities have been given potentially life-saving
EEE is looking to grow its operations a nd
is seeking support from Australian busi-
nesses and schools who wish to get on board
by donating used computers, and from indi-
viduals who want to help by donating their
The organisation is also scouting new
locations, and will set up computers in
schools in Cambodia later this year.
EEE hopes to set up 100 cent res across the
Asia Pacific and provide computer and soft-
ware training for 10 million children by 2021.
hope for communities
There’s more to the work of EEE than just
increasing computer access in developing
countries: it aims to bring hope to the most
impoverished communities in ou r region.
Education provides young people with
new skills, but it also gives them new oppor-
tunities and broadens their minds, making
them realise that there is more out there for
Many of the communities EEE will tar-
get are stuck in a cycle of poverty, with con-
secutive generations being held back from
improving their lives by the failure of the
previous generation to do so. Ever i ncreas-
ing unemployment, hunger and illness are
often a consequence. EEE sees itself as part
of a bigger picture. It’s reluctant to act as a
unilateral force for short-term change, but
rather aims to work with partners on the
ground to change the conditions communi-
ties are living in for good.
It works with local partners to incorpo-
rate grassroots knowledge and experience
to provide locals with the opportunities to
develop long-term skills.
As Stuart Cook explains, the group relies
on volunteers a nd encou rages anyone who
wants to get involved to get in touch with
‘EEE was founded and is governed by
dedicated, resou rceful people; however, the
power of EEE lies in its ability to harness
the passion a nd skills of like-minded indi-
viduals and organisations. We aim to bri ng
together the right people to properly develop
and implement solutions for com munities
identified as needing E EE’s help,’ he says.
‘We believe that there is power in acting
solely for the purpose of helping others. We
hope to inspire others to give their time to
help those less fortunate,’ he says. T
Sarah Hassanen is part of EEE’s
Photo courtesy of EEE.
EEE is part of the Emagine Foundation, founded by Canberra-based medical doctor,
philanthropist and entrepreneur Sam Prince in 2008.
Prince’s parents raised themselves from poverty in rural Sri Lanka through the opportu-
nities provided by education. I nspired by his parents, Sam Pri nce wanted to make the most
of his education, a nd to provide the same opportunities to children i n developing countries.
In 2005, at the age of 21, Prince set up a Mexican restaurant, Zambrero Fresh Mex
Grill, while studying at medical school. After g raduating, he undertook an internship,
became involved in international aid work, and at the same time grew his restaurant
business into a chain.
In 2008, he started the Emagine Foundation to run charitable initiatives, funded in
part through the success of the Zambrero chain.
EEE is one initiative of the foundation. Under a second initiative, Plate 4 Plate, for
every meal Zambrero serves , the foundation provides a meal in u ndeveloped count ries.
The third initiative, One Disease at a Time, is currently aiming to eliminate scabies,
which is endemic in ma ny remote Indigenous commu nities in Australia, a nd has lead to
Australia having among the highest rates in the world of acute rheumatic fever, chronic
heart disease, and post-infectious kidney disease.
Links Archive June-July 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page