CFS celebrated the delivery of our 1,000,000th computer at York Street Public School in Ottawa, ON on April 26 with the Honourable Tony Clement.
Computers for Schools is the largest computer refurbishing program in North America, and the fifth largest in the world. It is the only major refurbisher that is not-for-profit.
CFS distributes over 80,000 refurbished computers each year across Canada. This is enough to meet a quarter of the computer needs of Canadian schools and provide over 10,000 each year to libraries, community access sites and not-for-profit organizations. Approximately 1000 youth receive technical work experience in over 50 CFS refurbishing centres each year.
By delivering a quality reuse program, CFS doubles the life span of computers through the transfer and refurbishment of equipment from business to schools. This provides many environmental savings including:
CFS is delivered in each province and territory by non-profit organizations, each with their own unique partnership and governance structures. CFS operates in cooperation with federal, provincial and territorial governments, the public school system, and the private and voluntary sectors. Direction, policy setting and funding is provided by Industry Canada.
CFS is recognized internationally as a model for computer reuse. It was cited as an example of outstanding innovation in a report of the UN Commission on Science and Technology Development.
Over 50 foreign countries have sent representatives to Canada to seek information on replicating the program. Nine African countries and twelve in Latin America have now established operational CFS programs with the help of Canadian experts, and many more are in the development and discussion stages with business plans already developed. These outreach efforts have helped to enhance Canada’s international reputation as a leader in innovative and pragmatic technology solutions.
Computers for Schools is sharing its expertise and aid in an international knowledge transfer of the program.
Canadian experts have assisted other countries to achieve the following:
- Nine countries in Africa have CFS programs established and operational, and many more are in the planning stages. (Kenya Website)
- Five CFS programs are now operational in the Americas (Columbia Website)
- All 32 countries in the Americas and Caribbean have attended CFS regional workshops and have development business plans for similar refurbishment programs.
Organizations outside of Canada interested in replicating the Computers for School program should contract Bill Lewis at email@example.com.