e2 Project is giving laptops and PC lecture classes to the children under / formerly under social care in Japan.
The project is funded by recycling used devices that were donated from companies.
PC Lecture Class
1― Welcome to the class!
Most of the time, the class is held at Lights On Children’s multi-purpose space “LOCer’s ROOM“, while on other occasion it is held at an office of the sponsor company. Volunteers are briefed on children’s homes and the children themselves before they participate.
2― Opening your laptop
After everyone introduces him- or herself, the kids get to open their laptops on the desk. The laptop is compact and as good as new, though it is a recycled product. It comes with a USB mouse, a USB memory stick, textbooks and a bag to carry them all.
3― One-on-one tutoring
While there is a main lecturer in the front, every child is paired with a volunteer and they together work on the learning subjects. Volunteers will support the child learn in his/her own pace by answering questions and searching for answers together.
4― Learn How to Use Office Software
The laptop is ready-to-use with Microsoft Office, security software and typing software installed. In the lecture class, children will learn the basic skills of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, as well as some basic knowledge of the Internet and Email.
5― Lunch Break!
We usually order food delivery for lunch. Everyone gets to choose what they want to have. Everyone has a fun time chatting about their schools and their part-time jobs and everything over lunch.
6― A Chance To Talk With Grown-ups
Volunteers at e2 Project lecture classes come from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds. Direct exchange with such grown-ups will broaden the children’s horizons, especially since these children are around the age of leaving their children’s home (which is usually 18).
After finishing the 2-day lecture, each children is handed a completion certificate. This is a moment of joy for the volunteers and LOC staffs as well. The children can take the laptop and all the accessories back home.
8― To the Next Step
The “e2 Project PC lecture” is a 2-day lecture, but we can provide more. Any child who wishes to acquire a PC skill qualification or to simply pursue higher skills, are welcomed to “e2 plus”, our follow up learning session.
* The above description is based on past classes, but you may find some changes in future classes.
Voices of participated children
“Half or more of the lecture content was new to me”
Rated on a five-point scale asking “To what extent was the content of this lecture class new to you?” (講習会の内容のうち、初めて知る内容はどの程度含まれていましたか？). The graph shows the % of the sum of the two answer points “almost everything was new” (ほぼすべてが初めて知る内容だった) and “more than half was new” (半分以上が初めて知る内容だった). The rating was done voluntarily and anonymously, N = 57 children.
“The event was satisfying/meaningful to me”
Rated on a five-point scale asking “To what extent was this event overall satisfying to you? The ‘event overall’ may include the time when you were not using the computer, such as the lunch breaks” (今回のイベント全体の満足度を教えてください。パソコン講習だけではなく、パソコンを使っていなかった昼休みなどの時間も含めます。) or “To what extent was this event overall meaningful to you? The ‘event overall’ may include the time when you were not using the computer, such as the lunch breaks” (今回のパソコン講習会は全体として有意義でしたか？パソコンを使っていなかった時間（昼休みなど）も含めて構いません。). The graph shows the % of the sum of the two answer points “satisfying” (満足) and “rather satisfying” (どちらかというと満足だった) or the two answer points “very meaningful” (とても有意義だった) and “rather meaningful” (どちらかというと有意義だった). The rating was done voluntarily and anonymously, N = 57 children (question of satisfaction N = 42 children, question of meaningfulness N = 15 children).
e2 Project Past Records
Number of children under / formerly under social care who participated in lecture classes of e2 Project (including the visiting lectures)
As of March 31st 2018
Cooperation With Social Care Instituions
Lights On Children has had the opportunity to cooperate with children’ homes and other social care institutions listed below.
As of March 31st 2018, in random order. Annotation: * shows independence support home (自立援助ホーム), ** shows maternal and child living support facility (母子生活支援施設), () shows visiting lecture only.
Futaba Musashigaoka Gakuen
Shinagawa Keitoku Gakuen
Tokyo Katei Gakko
Sei Yozefu Home [St. Joseph Home]
SOS Kodomo Mura
Kyuseigun Kieko-ryo [Salvation Army Kiekoryo]
Tokyo Salesio Gakuen
Twin Leaf Matsukaze
Mushashino Jido Gakuen
Tokyo Keimei Gakuen
Itabashi Casa Harunire **
Information For Companies And Other Businesses
We are asking companies and other businesses to contribute to e2 Project by the means described below.
(Please be informed that we currently cannot pick up devices from households.)
Donate computers and other devices no longer needed in your workplace.
- Acceptable Devices: We accept laptops, desktops and other computer devices, tablets, smartphones, cell phones(“Galapagos phones”). For other related devices, please contact us.
- Recycle Process: The devices you donated will be sold to a professional PC reuse/recycle company. When Lights On Children received the proceeds of the sales, both parties consider this proceeds of the sales as a donation from your company to Lights On Children.
- Eligibility: In principle, we do not accept donations of computer devices from households. Still, if you have 30 or more devices for donation, we might be able to pick them up. Please read this page and send us your list of devices (with names and model numbers) and your address.
We will have the devices you donated recycled after data erasure.
- The data erasure will be conducted by a professional computer reuse/recycle company. For more on this, please contact us.
- None of the devices you donated is going to be handed to the participants of the PC lecture class.
The money raised by recycling will be used to purchase “Refreshed PCs”.
- A “Refreshed PC” is a high-quality used/recycled personal computer with official Microsoft OS installed. In addition, Lights On Children is installing a Microsoft Office purchased through Microsoft’s Registered Refurbisher Program.
We will hold a 2-day PC lecture class and present PCs to the children!
- Children living under / formerly under social care are eligible to participate.
- The PC lecture class takes place for two days. Participants will learn about basic skills of Word, Excel and Power Point, and basic knowledge about the Internet.
- Lights On Children staff will serve as the main lecturer, and employees from the cooperating company will participate as volunteers. For the children participating, the interaction with grown-ups adds to the educational value of this lecture class.
Voices from Cooperating Businesses
Record Of Contribution to e2 Project
(In random order)