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08 September 2011
Destination: Republic of Central Africa

Children thronging the Learning Station on the opening day.
Hi folks. While new HiWEL Learning Stations mushroom all the time, it has been a while since we shared a story about a newly commissioned one. To make amends, here is a scoop on our latest project, which comes from the Republic of Central Africa (RCA).

HiWEL recently installed and commissioned two Learning Stations in Bangui, the capital of Republic of Central Africa. The project has been implemented on behalf of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The HiWEL Learning Stations are a gift from the Indian Government to the RCA for promoting computer-aided education at the elementary level.

The Hon. Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Faustin Archange TOUADERA, inspecting a Learning Station in Bangui.
The HiWEL Learning Stations were inaugurated on 31st August 2011 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of RCA, His Excellency Dr. Faustin Archange TOUADERA in presence of his senior cabinet colleagues. From the outset, His Excellency has taken keen interest in the project. He expressed his satisfaction that the project granted by Government of India is now operational for the benefit of children of RCA. He also appreciated the effort to operate the Learning Station using clean and green source of power i.e. solar power.

H. E. Ms. Gisele Annie NAM, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, speaking on the occasion.
During this ceremony, Her Excellency Ms. Gisele Annie NAM, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and the HiWEL official explained the concept, usage and benefit of the Learning Station to the dignitaries, school authorities, and children. Her Excellency NAM also expressed her gratitude to Government of India for this special initiative for children of Republic of Central Africa and informed the gathering that it is first time in 50 years of Republic of Central Africa a project aimed at education of the children at primary and secondary level has been implemented. She assured to take this project to many more schools in the country under the leadership of his Excellency Prime Minister of Republic of Central Africa and also sought help from various international organization those who are working on the development of children.

About RCA
Republic of Central Africa is the ninth African nation that has HiWEL Learning Stations. The French-speaking nation with a population of about 4.5 million is one of the most economically underdeveloped countries in the world. The average life expectancy of below 50 years and HIV/AIDS is the most pressing health issues facing the country. RCA realizes the importance of education for the development of the nation and, consequently, spends almost a quarter of the nation's entire budget on education. Education is free and compulsory for children from the ages of 6 to 14 years.

Further information:
http://www.centrafricaine.info/en.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Republic

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