Plagued by poverty and illiteracy, Yemen’s children face some of the harshest conditions in the world. Unstable power sources and lack of Internet connections severely limit students’ access to learning material, and inhibits their abilities to gain technological skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Yemeni entrepreneur Haitham Alaini believes that new micro-technology, in the form of a thirty-five dollar computer known as the Raspberry Pi, may be the country’s most formidable tool to bolster education and in turn, accelerate development.
The low-cost, portable, and energy efficient Raspberry Pi can operate in areas where electricity is not readily available, providing an essential bridge to modern society. A paper from the Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference put forth that:
The recent development of the Raspberry Pi mini-computer has unlocked great potential for computing to be applied in a vast number of areas. Due to the unique advantages of the Raspberry Pi system, this technology holds great promise for providing solutions within the developing world. This includes, but is not limited to, education tools, especially the use of GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) that allows automated data acquisition and producing simple digital control systems in a school laboratory setting.
Haitham Alaini recognizes that the effects of the Raspberry Pi can reach much further than the classroom, “Children who would otherwise be unexposed to computer technology that many cultures take for granted will be able to not only imagine grand ideas, but also to make them come to life. “ Simple amenities such as calculators, radios or video game consoles, which are commonplace in areas with reliable electricity, are items of amazement and grandeur to children who regularly lack books, classrooms, and lights.
Projects and investments that help deliver micro-technology like the Raspberry Pi to Yemen’s impoverished help stabilize the present, and shape a secure future for the country. In the past, such technology has either been too expensive, required unavailable equipment, or was too convoluted for widespread use. Readily available micro-technology has the potential to exponentially advance society, making possible in a few years what would have taken decades before.
Yemeni entrepreneur and philanthropist, Haitham Alaini has received a degree in economics from George Washington University, and upon his return to Yemen, created his own construction business specializing in oil and gas infrastructure. Over the course of the last twenty years, the Yemeni patriot has gained invaluable experience, as well as attained a profound respect for the professionals of Yemen and its surrounding regions. An admirer of nonprofits like the Acacia Foundation, who work tirelessly to improve the education and health of the Yemeni people, Alaini strives to highlight beneficial resources for his fellow citizens, exemplify how businesses can support Yemen, and demonstrate his love for his country.
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