The Turing Trust aims to promote education and training through the use of information technology in sub-Saharan Africa. By reusing equipment, we aim to provide training opportunities and skills development both in Africa and the UK whilst reducing waste and supporting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society.
The Turing Trust was founded in 2009 by Alan Turing’s great nephew James, and other members of the Turing family. We aim to honour his remarkable legacy by working to widen access to ICT resources and training in Africa and to help bridge the digital divide.
The Turing Trust collects donations of working ICT equipment from organisations and from individuals. We process all donated equipment in our Edinburgh hub. PCs are wiped to industry standards and then loaded with educational software before shipping to our partners in Africa. If you or your organisation has any ICT equipment you would like to see put to good use, please visit our website for more details on how to make a donation.
We work closely with our partners in Africa (currently in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya) to identify the schools and other institutions in need of our support and help them set up fully functioning computer laboratories. We recognise that training is an essential part of this process and this is integrated into the setup of each computer laboratory.
We are always keen to attract volunteers to work with us. This can be in the UK, helping to collect and process IT equipment, online, or in Africa. You can find more details on our website, or by contacting us directly.
With the amazing help from our supporters and volunteers we have now sent over 5000 computers to Africa. We are delighted to have received a Scottish government grant to support the shipping of 4000 computers to Malawi to equip computer laboratories in 200 secondary schools and the development of our pilot “SolarBerry” (a self-financing, community-owned off-grid computer lab powered by solar energy with energy-efficient Raspberry Pi computers). The SolarBerry was completed and delivered to Choma, a rural community in Malawi in June 2018.
With your help, we can transform ICT teaching in rural Africa and support the development of more computer laboratories like this one in Afoako ICCES, Ghana.
We look forward to hearing from you!
James Turing (Founder and Director)
The Turing Trust is registered under the Charities Commission in England & Wales #1156687 and registered under the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator #SC046150.