“Digitruck meets maggie”
Close-the-Gap and the maggie-program developed an all-in-one project that brings schools, computers, teacher training and curriculum to the camps. Education and learning gives displaced children dignity, perspective and possibly a new future. This project is capable to reach several camps and multiply the current educational capacity.
Educational solution for displaced people.
Millions of displaced people live in camps. On average, they stay there 12 years. Half of them are children. Only 1 in 3 has access to education. Together with Close-the-Gap we developed a all-in-one project that brings schools, computers, teacher training and curriculum to the camps. Education and learning gives displaced children dignity, perspective and possibly a new future. This project is capable to reach several camps and multiply the current educational capacity.
Every maggie (100 m2) gives 120 children access to a school (two classes per maggie + AM shift and PM shift).
One 40 ft shipping container can transport eight maggies. One digitruck can easily connect all eight maggies and reach 960 kids per project.
The maggie is designed to be users-friendly and allows local people to participate in the erection. The time of erection of a maggie is two days. Maggies can be set up and joint together in several formations.
The digitruck will visit the dispersed camps on different days of the week and offer training to teachers and students. Teachers can also exchange their educational material and methods which is valuable to supplement the curriculum and bridge the local language barriers. This allows us to address the shortage of teachers and the quality of education.
Maggies will be set up on the outskirts of camps. In most locations there are clusters of camps all within reasonable distance of each other.
The maggies will be used for primary and secondary education, vocational training and local capacity building.
In order to bring ICT-enabled facilities in education to the remote parts of the world, Close the Gap developed the digitruck: a mobile computer classroom on solar power, equipped with 20 laptops and a small local network.
The maggie is a climate and all-purpose adaptable construction specifically designed for schools, vocational training centers, medical wards and warehousing in locations where fixed buildings are not permitted, practical or desired. The ingenuity of the maggie relies on its efficient use of local, free materials such as sand, organic materials and plastic waste.