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.