Camara Education takes Dochas award

Camara, Kenya
Pictured: Students at Camara's e-learning Centre at Mbheni School for Girls, Mombasa, Kenya

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6 May 2016 | 0

Social enterprise Camara Education has won the Dochas Innovative Programme of the Year Award for its iMlango project.

The Dóchas Awards celebrate innovative and inspiring work by people and organisations in Ireland working for global justice.

The iMlango project is a pioneering internet based e-learning programme, and provides better life opportunities for 150,000 marginalised students (focusing particularly on girls), in 205 Kenyan primary schools delivering against three Sustainable Development Goals. The project financially incentivises parents based on girls attendance and then uses technology to deliver better educational outcomes in school.

Camara Education CEO John Fitzsimons said: “Innovation is pervasive in many sectors, however in the International Development sector, we are playing catch up. We need our supporters and sponsors to understand that in order for innovation to flourish, risks need to be taken and we need to embrace failure in order to learn. We congratulate all projects that were nominated and actively encourage further innovation in our sector so we can best serve those with less than us”.

Camara has won a number of awards to date including the Vodafone World of Difference Award; The Arthur Guinness Award; The David Manley Award; The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award; The Lord Mayor’s Award (Dublin); and The Global Development Network Most Innovative Development Project Award.

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