The Knowledge Box
(A GHI Field Technology Initiative)
Making Technology Accessible in Developing Countries
The Knowledge Box is providing computing devices to schools, orphanages, churches, and social programs, in developing countries. The goal is to make technology accessible to areas that lack the resources or infrastructure for online educational materials, particularly in areas where electricity and internet are not available or reliable. This project has grown out of a collaboration of GHI Board members, led by Daan Klem.
Our main product is the GHI Pi, a very low-cost computer device loaded with software, from educational materials, including Khan Academy and Wikipedia, to videos, books and games. There are also culture-specific educational documents, such as training in agriculture for small farmers, livestock care and health information. Many of the resources are available in English, Spanish, and several other languages.
The GHI Pi is a combination of the Raspberry Pi device and Rachel Pi materials, with the addition of biblical and theological content. The device can be loaded with materials according to what is needed for a particular group.
The Knowledge Box team will teach individuals or groups how to use the devices, so they can learn how to set them up at other locations. The technology is easy to use and does not require technical training for set up. It is something a mission trip group, missionary, or other organization can learn to use and distribute to a group when they travel.