Under Vanuatu’s Universal Access Policy (UAP) two projects were designed under the principle that schools can be hubs for community Internet access. These were the Computer Laboratory and Internet Community Centre (CLICC) and the Tablet for Schools (TFS) project. A third project was the Internet Community Support (ICS) project. Nineteen (19) Schools were selected for the piloted programme, which invested in broadband links, Computer lab and networking equipment, gateway servers with educational resources and for off-grid schools, solar power supplies.
The TFS project investments included class sets of tablets, preloaded with educational apps and charging trolleys. In addition, the supervising IT teachers of the 19 schools were provided with initial and refresher training to coordinate the operation of the facilities. The project period commenced in January 2016 and ran for a two years with the Internet subsidy ending in December 2017.
In 2018, an evaluation of the CLICC & TFS piloted programme was undertaken. The evaluation was independently assessed and include the 19 schools in the scope of which 11 were visited for field research. The evaluation is qualitative and quantitative based on the realistic evaluation approach.
It explores the educational impacts of the programme experienced at the school and system levels and the socio-economic impacts experienced by the surrounding communities. The analysis brings forward lessons learned about the impacts of the CLICC/TFS programme and the barriers and constraints bearing on the effectiveness and sustainability of the model from the educational and community perspective.
Map and additional details of the CLICC/TFS Sites