In 2012, known as the Alan Turing Year in celebration of the centenary of his birth, the members of the Turing Trust have come together to create the Alan Turing Pub Quiz to celebrate such a wonderful occasion. The quiz has already provided a great amount of entertainment as well as almost £5000!
Thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts induced by the Alan Turing Pub Quiz we have completed the computer laboratory at Afoako ICCES as well as donate 20 PC’s to two other rural schools in Ghana. Please help us and get a few friends together at a local pub for an entertaining night out with the ready-to-go Alan Turing Pub Quiz about the great man himself and the many ways in which he changed the world.
Please get in touch if you would like any assistance with hosting the quiz, our members will be thrilled to help you arrange one in your local area. Proceeds raised can be easily donated directly through our website, which uses the secure charity fundraising Virgin Money Giving tool. If you have any questionS about the quiz, assistance or the Trust itself just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
With more donations we will be able to donate even more computers to rural schools in Ghana which are vital for students to be able to effectively learn IT skills and help bring the country into the Information Age. Our community computer labs are wonderful self-sustaining centres where education reaches the entire community through methods inspired by Sugatra Mitra’s innovative teaching methods from India.
In an extraordinary experiment first conducted in 1999 by Sugata Mitra, a computer was set up in a kiosk with internet connection in Delhi, India, and made open to the public for use. The result was that neighbourhood children, drawn out of sheer curiosity and completely unassisted, learned how to use the computer, navigate the internet, and even became competent in conversational English, skills which enabled them to seek jobs which beforehand were completely out of reach. Inspired by this and other similar examples, a major focus of the Turing Trust is to teach computer literacy and establish computer labs, such as the one that was completed with funds raised from the Alan Turing Pub Quiz in the Afoako Integrated Community Centre for Employable Skills (ICCES) in Ghana, thereby allowing similar opportunities to the local population.
For more information about how IT skills and programs can and have helped African communities to succeed, please visit our ‘News’ page and read Gordon Bell prize-winner Philip Emeagwali’s speech on the benefits of Africa’s move into the ‘Information Age’.