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Computers for Schools

The Computers for Schools - Nova Scotia Program (CFS-NS) was started in January of 1994 by Novaknowledge, Nova Scotia Department of Education, Industry Canada and Aliant Pioneer Volunteers. A Workshop was opened in Dartmouth and a Coordinator hired. Sixteen (16) years later those same partners are still involved and there are now five (5) workshop operating across the province.

CFS-NS program mandate is to refurbish used, but still useable, computer equipment for distribution to schools. libraries and qualified educational organizations across Nova Scotia. Over 5,000 computers are distributed each year from the program.

CFS-NS provides Nova Scotia's young people between 18 and 30, with valuable work experience through the Technology Work Experience Program (TWEP). Each year CFS-NS employs more than 10 recent IT graduates looking for that valuable first-work experience. Volunteers also play a role in handling and preparing the computers for distribution. Each years dozens of dedicated volunteers around the province help with handling, sorting and preparing the equipment for re-use. The refurbishing takes place in workshops throughout the province in Halifax, Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro and Kentville.

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