What’s it all about?
In December 2016, People in IT Director Donna Comerford lead an ambitious project to run Raspberry Jams in three places across the Fijian Islands. The adventure was funded with a lot of help from Barclays Digital Eagles and a host of important and generous donors via a crowd-funding initiative. Donna, Janine and Tulai worked for seven weeks delivering successful events with lots of local help and always alongside the Ministry of Education and other Fijian agencies. Having family connections and government links ensured the project aligned with what’s beginning to happen in the country.
Our initial challenge
The Ministry of Education are now developing a digital education strategy, but for now, there’s little creative digital education happening in Fiji and not much in the way of learning and playing with coding. 3G and 4G penetration appears good in the islands, but wired broadband and public wifi is not common. Availability of these things really affects how digital education can take place. Mostly, young people use mobiles for web access, and there’s little sense that youngsters know how to get under the hood of the machine and hack new tools and games.