Alfredo do Rosário Capitamolo, Project Manager
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Buscenter AO - Building Smart For Better Living
Buscenter AO makes use of abandoned buses to provide an adequate facility for STEM education. The BusCenter concept was created to impact fundamentally 5 pillars: Education, Technology, Agriculture, Health, and Environment. Throughout the process we want make sure that data is analysed and decentralised (Accessible to everyone). We looked at it as a means of tackling more than one issue, the BusCenter represents a catalyst for change, where we use buses that are no longer functional or suitable for transport use to empower local communities. We needed to bring in something different that did not need a permanent location, something that could be moved or even developed further.
We are trying to bring about change to the way people live in both rural and urban areas, and help in tackling the ever increasing issues that hinder them from moving forward. Issues as the high number of children out of the educational system in Angola, the lack of hospitals/proper health care, and high unemployment rates. The first Buscenter is promoting digital literacy in rural areas, disseminate literacy throughout Angola.
We are combining various solutions into a small space that makes us of technology and sustainable energy to bring about change. We are providing a platform for innovation by encouraging not just new methods of solution usage within these areas but allowing the transfer of skills from one place to another. There are many traditional methods of doing things that can be tweaked to bring about more innovation to both urban and rural areas, we are helping to connect those dots of innovation. In an effort to ensure Africans are better prepared for the digital era, have every academic advantage necessary to excel and be successful citizens, we think there have to be efforts in disseminating programs that are focused on STEAM.