Parkwood Technology Center

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Location: Cape Flats, South Africa

Status: Complete

Budget: $70,000

Type: Technology Center

People Impacted: 500 students per year

Change Fellows: Adrienne Johnson & Morgan Abbett

The Project:
The Parkwood Tech Centre is a project to expand on a computer laboratory at the Parkwood Primary School in the Cape Flats. 

Communities Served:
The new Parkwood Tech Centre will serve the 500 students that attend the Parkwood Primary School. The expanded computer laboratory will provide space for new technology and education initiatives at Parkwood Primary School, as well as a space for Parkwood residents to acquire technology-related skills. Parkwood Technology Centre will benefit the students and educators at the school and in the larger Parkwood community, an area known for high rates of gang violence, drug use, and unemployment.

Impact:
The Parkwood Tech Centre goals are to:

  • extend affordable computer access and training to members of the school and greater community. 
  • renovate the computer laboratory and furnishing it with technology
  • provide a pillar of hope for community members
  • encourage community involvement in the design and construction process
  • design an aesthetically pleasing building

Awards:
Upon completion, the Parkwood Tech Center Project received the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award. The award included an $8,000 prize — the largest sum in its history — that will go directly to funding laptops and other technology infrastructure needs at the new center.

The PTC Change Fellows also received 2017 Leadership Awards presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement.