More than 30,000 PCs are to be provided to 1,250 schools in Ethiopia over three years under a $12 million project run by Irish technology-in-learning charity Camara Education.

The initiative will benefit a total of 1.2m students, and is supported by computer company Dell and the Ethiopian Ministry for Education.

As part of the project, a new computer lab and e-learning centre has just been opened at Shimelis Habte Secondary School in Addis Ababa.

Over $9m is being invested in the overall project by the Ethiopian government through local government budgets, while parents and communities are also contributing.

Dell has also pledged $650,000 to the scheme - money that will see 400,000 young people and 3,000 educators in 400 locations across Ethiopia benefit.

The aim of the programme is to incentivise and motivate students to focus on employment opportunities and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM).

"As an organisation we are dedicated to making world-class technology-enabled education accessible to all," said Batseba Seifu, Country Manager.

"Our core beliefs are that poverty is unacceptable in the 21st century, education is the key to alleviating poverty and technology has the ability to radically improve education."

 "This programme in Ethiopia, and with Shimelis Habte Secondary School specifically, exists because we believe the world would be a better place if all young people were empowered through innovative education to create the life they want to lead regardless of their background."

Aongus Hegarty, who is Europe, Middle East and Africa President at Dell EMC, said: "The opening of the new computer lab at Shimelis Habte Secondary School is a major milestone of this project."

"It's fantastic to see how this facility will directly support students, helping them to become digitally literate and setting them on career paths in STEM fields that previously would not have been available."