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December marked a milestone for ITSA. Early in the month a 40ft container left Cheltenham heading for Zambia. However there was something extra special about this container - it was our biggest ever! An incredible 1,000 computers were packed up ready to start their new life in Zambian schools. 

The demand for computers in Zambia is higher than ever with more and more schools understanding just how important an education in IT is for students. 

Our partner charity in Zambia, Computers for Zambian Schools, should receive the container in the New Year - keep an eye on our Facebook page to see the container arriving in Zambia.
Thank you for continuously supporting IT Schools Africa - it is because of you that we are able to transform IT education in Africa!  
Louise Mee
Louise started with ITSA in September as Computer Donations Coordinator, and we're already seeing new donations of IT equipment coming in! Louise comes to ITSA from an exciting background in theatre costume and has even produced costumes for Mary Poppins in the West End!
Paul Samways
Paul joins the IT workshop team holding a very strong background in IT. He started in September and is heavily involved with the refurbishment of the computers that we send out, ensuring they meet ITSA specifications 
Beth Swarbrick
Beth joined ITSA back in June as our Marketing + Communications Coordinator. Having completed the first two years of her degree in Marketing, Beth is now undertaking her placement year with ITSA.
Ion Mocanu
Having volunteered in the IT workshop for three years, Ion's remarkable IT skills led to him securing a part-time role with ITSA as IT Specialist. Ion's eBay expertise helps ITSA to sell donated items that are not suitable for Africa. 
Phil Chapman
Phil has dedicated much of his time volunteering in the ITSA warehouse for several years. In September Phil took on the part-time role as Warehouse Supervisor. Phil is a key member of the team and is vital in ensuring shipment days run smoothly.
ITSA has been working with a number of HM prisons for several years. The purposes of the prison programmes are one, to reduce the risk of prisoners re-offending by giving them worthwhile duties and two, to provide them with a chance to give back to the community by helping others.

In October, ITSA expanded the prison programme, welcoming HMP Eastwood Park onto the scheme. HMP Eastwood Park is the first female prison that ITSA has worked with and after a number of visits, we are confident that the programme will be a success

HMP Eastwood Park has prepared their own dedicated ITSA workshop where a number of prisoners will be able to take part in the refurbishment of computers. This will involve cleaning each machine, checking that components work, and various other quality control checks. The computers are then sent back to our Cheltenham IT workshop where they will undergo the final stages of refurbishment including further quality control checks and uploading Windows 7. 
Dariusz Wiercioch, Production Instructor at HMP Eastwood Park had this to say — “It's great to see this having a massively positive effect on our prisoners and we want to thank all the guys at IT Schools Africa for their continued support in getting this workshop in place"
Back in October ITSA’s Overseas Operations Manager, Lucy Pollock, visited all three of our African programmes. Over the course of four weeks Lucy visited Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This was Lucy’s first visit to Malawi where she had the opportunity to visit some of the computer labs ITSA has provided for a number of Malawian schools.  One of the schools Lucy visited, Zingwangwa Secondary School, now have two fully equipped IT Labs with thanks to generous support from Fondation Eagle.

Upon her return, Lucy mentioned how “it is so rewarding to see the computers that have been donated by schools, businesses and the public in the UK given a new lease of life - making such a difference to those that most need it.” 

During her visit, Lucy had the opportunity to speak with students and teachers from Zingwangwa Secondary School...
"Before, one computer had three or four people sitting, but now everyone can sit at a computer to work"
  Student from Zingwangwa Secondary School
"The computer lab we had before was very small, and very hot, it made it difficult to teach"
Teacher from Zingwangwa Secondary School
While in Malawi, Lucy visited our partner NGO, Computers for Malawian Schools. They are responsible for distributing the equipment that we send from the UK. Sabina Kulasinghe, CFMS’s Programme Manager has been doing an excellent job at running the operations in Malawi, ensuring that more government schools in Malawi gain an education in IT
Here at ITSA we rely on the support of our equipment donors to continue to provide schools in Africa the opportunity to gain an education in IT. Very often we find that we do not receive as many donations of flat screen monitors as we do computers, making it difficult to send out complete computer kits. Ecclesiastical came to our rescue in November when they donated 250 flat screen monitors. Thanks to this generous donation, we were able to reach a new target, sending our biggest ever shipment of 1,000 computers. We would like so say a huge thank you to our new supporters, Ecclesiastical, who have played a key role in helping us reach this milestone. We hope this is the beginning of a fantastic new donor partnership!
In the past 11 years ITSA has faced an extraordinary amount of technical issues that our highly skilled IT technicians have found a solution to. Our friendly team want to go beyond fixing the computers that are donated to us, by reaching out and helping the local community with their IT problems.

For many of us, using technology has become part of our everyday lives, so when our trusted gadgets stop working it can feel like the end of the world. If your computer, laptop or tablet has stopped working, or isn't running like it used to, then we welcome you to visit our IT workshop in Cheltenham where we will try our best to fix your IT dilemmas. 

The idea behind the community tech support is not only to help fix computers but also give people in the community the confidence to carry out simple IT tasks. From sending an email, to creating a word document, even setting up your own Skype account so you can keep in touch with loved ones. 

There are no charges for the ITSA community tech support, unless parts are needed to fix the machine; we will always speak with you before ordering any items. If you would like to say thank you for our work we would be delighted to accept donations that will go towards the cost of preparing, refurbishing and sending the equipment to Africa.  
ITSA Community Tech Support Team: Paul Samways, IT Production Supervisor and Monis Khalifa, IT Workshop Manager 
This Christmas we are asking for your support. We need to raise funds to allow us to keep building brighter futures for children in Africa. By supporting IT Schools Africa on Give as you Live, you will be making a donation to help us help others - and the great part is, this is at no additional cost to you. 

Every time you buy online, once you have signed up to Give as you Live, the retailer you shop from will donate a percentage of your spend to us.

We have put together 7 steps to show you how simple it is to start helping transform lives in Africa...

  1. Go to
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  3. Enter your details to sign up / or sign up through Facebook
  4. Choose IT Schools Africa as your cause to support
  5. Activate your account by opening the link Give as you Live email to you
  6. Install shopping bar
  7. Start shopping
While we are delighted to have been able to send out so many computers over the past 11 years. However, there is still a long way to go before we close the digital divide in Africa. 

Because of your support, we have given access to IT to 3 million children, but together, we can give the opportunity to so many more. 

You can support us by donating your IT equipment that you no longer use. ITSA ensure that all data is securely wiped using CESG approved software. 

We are particularly in need of working black or silver flat screen monitors.

If you think you can help, please contact Simon or Louise on 01242228800
The work that IT Schools Africa does both in the UK and in Africa would not be possible without the support of our  hard working volunteers, donors and the following trusts and foundations: 
Beit Trust
Commercial Group
Stone Group
The Rotary
Bower Trust
Cotton Trust
Fondation Eagle
De La Rue Charitable Trust
Didymus CIO
Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
Fulmer Trust
Goldsmiths Company Charities
Ernest Ingham Charitable Trust
Leigh Trust
Lovering Charitable Trust
Macfarlane Walker Trust
Open Gate Trust
Paterson Logan Charitable Trust
Rainford Trust
Sir James Roll Charitable Trust
N Smith Charitable Settlement
Sterry Family Foundation
Thriplow Charitable Trust
Tula Trust
Westcroft Trust
Ardwick Trust
John & Susan Bowers Fund
Gilbert & Eileen Edgar Foundation
Ann Jane Green Trust
Michael & Simon Lambert Foundation
Langtree Trust
Leggatt Trust
Marsh Christian Trust
Joan Marsland Charitable Trust
Cutler Trust
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