The Computer Clubhouse Network is an after-school community-based technology learning programme that aims to enable youth in underserved communities to acquire new skills and self confidence. Computer Clubhouses are designed to be places where young people, guided by adult mentors, use technology as a tool for learning and creative expression.
To date the computer clubhouse network is an international community of over 100 clubhouses spread over 20 countries. This after-school programme goes “beyond access” providing an environment in which young people can explore their own interests and become confident learners through the use of technology. The Clubhouse programme is aimed at supporting learning through design experiences, helping youth build on their own interests, cultivating an “emergent community” of learners and creating an environment of respect and trust.
It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences and engage young people who have been alienated by traditional educational approaches.
Initiated by Intel, the Computer Clubhouse Network operates as a programme of the Boston Museum of Science in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab. The computer club provides a paragon for ICT policy makers and organizations as it not only bring ICTs to use for education of children, but also, inspires them to create computer programs according to their own imaginations. It serves the underserved communities and empowers the youth for leadership by providing them with lots of digital opportunities.
Four countries in the Asia-Pacific region have joined the Computer Club network: India, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia. All the participating countries can be seen here. Where are we? Pakistan? Nowhere. For those willing to start a club of their own, the directions are here.