150 Black_Creek_Canada ICT Celebration_Belka Mobile_Center
Start date: 6 February, 2017
End date: 30 September, 2017
BELKA MOBILE EDUCATION CENTER (COMPUTER LABS-ON-WHEELS)
The Belka Mobile Education Center provides ICT support for youth in a community that has no or little public ICT space for them to access and improve on the new media (e-gaming, animation, and other special effect software). Parents and other adults are given the opportunities to use the Mobile Center for job search in the day when students are in school.
Computers on buses make it possible for youth without access to state-of-the-art technology; up-to-date computer and high speed internet to complete their school and homework assignments, access new media and be involved in the Media Literacy activities.
The inspiration for this unique project came in 2004 from our summer youth program located in the Jane-Finch community. They were passionate about the need for support with their homework. These youths made it clear that along with access to technology, assistance and tutoring were required for them to learn to use updated computers. Once instituted, the idea proved to be so successful that now the initiative is being expanded into other Toronto neighborhoods where high numbers of at-risk youth are located.
Computers and wireless internet on buses make it possible for youth without access to state-of-the-art technology; up-to-date computers and high speed internet to complete their school; homework assignments and engaged in creative ICT programs such as creating robotic LEGOS, animation, e-gaming, online radio programming (reading and math talks).
Refurbished buses are donated by the TTC that have been converted into computer labs for youth in the Jane/Finch neighborhood.
Availability The mobile computer labs are available on a regular basis from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The mobile computer labs are also available on weekends for French language students.
Access All students living in the City of Toronto between ages of 6 and 24 years of age have access to the mobile computer labs.
Support: Our MP Judy Sgro and Mayor John Tory support this project and many other community leaders.
Nature of the Project Reach
Creating opportunities for those that would have no access to ICT resources at home. Hands on with supervisions.
Our goal is to share the success stories of the Mobile Computer Lab as it relates to Information and Communication Technology opportunities created for children and youth through websites and series of publications and online Media.
This project requires a lot of support. Staff salaries Funding to operate project (Bus, Computers, Internet and maintaining the mobile centers - buses)