INITIC - The Project

Kuma Tokpli is one of the 10 villages in the canton of Kuma

INITIC is a small team engaged in the not-for-profit promotion of "low cost, low power consumption, low maintenance" computer labs in rural schools in Togo, West Africa.

INITIC's action started in 2012 under the name Centre Informatique de Kuma. The French acronym INITIC ("INItation des jeunes aux TIC") now better reflects its goal of introducing young people to ICT.

Our goal is to facilitate the discovery of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for students and teachers in partner schools with limited financial resources. 

INITIC also encourages the use of ICT in support of teaching of all subjects, as well as collaboration between partner schools.

Our action

The Canton de Kuma, 120 km from the capital city, Lomé. 

Since 2012, INITIC installed 3 computer labs for the benefice of three communities in the region of Kpalimé, in Togo : in Kuma Tokpli in 2012 (accessible to students of several local Middle Schools and one High School), at the Middle School (CEG) of Kuma Adamé in 2014, and at the Collège Polyvalent Saint-Esprit (a M/HS) in Kpalimé, in 2016.

Over 1000 M/HS students who attend these schools now have access to reliable, perfectly suited IT equipment, that can help them build basic ICT skills.

Our team's ambition is now to extend its action through the installation of at least one additional computer lab, in one other school, each year.

The original aspect of our action lies in the choice of technologies to build these "low cost, low power consumption, low maintenance" computer labs: new, inexpensive, reliable nano-computers such as the Raspberry Pi, rather than relying entirely on more conventional computers that have been "retired" in Europe or elsewhere.

INITIC's action also includes the transfer of competences and skills to local teachers, who commit to transmitting them to their students.

Many schools in the world, particularly where resources are scarce, are in need of low-cost infrastructures to introduce young people to technologies.

A computer lab equipped with nano-computers can be an attractive, affordable, and reliable solution.