Kenya Connect (KC)

Our mission is to connect youth globally through correspondence and service for the purpose of promoting deep cultural exchange and understanding. We hope to ignite youth worldwide through person-to-person connections to understand local community needs and practices in a first-hand, meaningful way. Kenya Connect is working to make significant and lasting changes that contribute to peaceful productive globalization. We believe that the experience Kenya Connect provides to children are precisely those that inspire them to be "world citizens." Our goal is to create peaceful and global citizens who have great respect for the lives of others around the world.
Jun 24, 2014

Dream for 21st century skills brighten as 120 more students at the LRC graduate!

Graduating students from Sofia PS
Graduating students from Sofia PS

During this past month of May, we marked our third graduation ceremony with 120 students from Makaalu, Sofia, and a group of teachers graduating after successfully completing a 5-month training program. By attending  two-hour intense and hands-on class sessions once a week, these students gained skills  on computer hardware, software, word processing, Internet and email. The graduation ceremony  was celebrated with music and dance and was officiated by visiting guests from St. John's and Trinity Episcopal communities from Maryland and Virginia, USA who awarded merit certificates to all the graduating students.

This number brings us to a total of 115 teachers and 230 students who have been successfully trained and  graduated with computer litercy skills since the Learning Resource center was started in November 2011. Our dream of empowering our students and teachers with the skills for the 21st century is slowly becoming manifest! Thank you all for your great support.

"It was a great opportunity for my students to gain computer skills at the Kenya Connect LRC . Knowing how to navigate through a computer  is a solid foundation in building a bright educational future for our students. Our students are most grateful for the training."  Mr. Kilonzo:  Head teacher Sofia Primary School.

In the meantime, a new group of 180 students drawn from three different schools (Nunga, Kituiu and Mwaasua primary schools) have already  started their computer literacy lessons. Both Nunga and Mwaasua are located a long distance from the LRC and therefore the parents of these students have to hire a public bus to bring the students to the LRC. We are looking forward  to having a bus to transport students from far away schools in future.

The visting team also brought over 100 more books to the LRC ,therefore buidling up the library resource for our students and teachers. They also conducted a proffesional development worshop for teachers on interactive reading, with a lot of emphasis on reading aloud. Many teachers were able to check out books to use with their own students back at school.

Most important, we are glad to share with our donors that our project is now listed under Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft YouthSpark will be running a Match Day on 25th June 2014. All donations made to our project on this day will be matched 100%. We  welcome our supporters to consider participating on the bonus day.

As always, we remain most grateful to all our donors. Thank you all for choosing to make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and teachers.

Well done! Jean cogratulates a student.
Well done! Jean cogratulates a student.
Graduating students from Makaalu PS
Graduating students from Makaalu PS
Graduating class for teachers
Graduating class for teachers
Good job! Steve congratulates a student
Good job! Steve congratulates a student
Sharon cogratulates the best teacher!
Sharon cogratulates the best teacher!
Keep up! Bath congratulates a teacher.
Keep up! Bath congratulates a teacher.
High five! Students celebrate their graduation!
High five! Students celebrate their graduation!
Excellent! Sharon congaratulates a teacher
Excellent! Sharon congaratulates a teacher
Jean leads a workshop on reading
Jean leads a workshop on reading
Building capacities for local teachers!
Building capacities for local teachers!
A teacher checks out books
A teacher checks out books
A teacher sampling new books at the LRC
A teacher sampling new books at the LRC
Kat congratulates at student
Kat congratulates at student
Best students get T-shirt awards!
Best students get T-shirt awards!
Nunga PS arrives for classes at the lRC
Nunga PS arrives for classes at the lRC
Jun 9, 2014

Cable installation is completed!

Working on the final touches for the cable
Working on the final touches for the cable

The cable installation at the Learning Resource Center is now complete! All 20 mac mini computers at the computer lab are now connected and can share information. We have additional 7 laptops that will come in hardy in our training program. There are also more connection points in the computer lab and also within the offices to allow more computers to be connected in future. All these computers can access the Internet through a GPRS router connected to the ethernet switch.

A group of 120 students and teachers who have been learning computer literacy skills were among the first to benefit from the cable connection. These students were able to learn the use of Internet as a communication tool and also for research. They were also able to learn how to send and receive  email messages. Some of the teachers had the opportunity to create their own email accounts! Another group of 200 5th  grade students from 5 different schools  benefitted from the cable through a online tailored  learning resource (Exceed Academy) developed by Avallain Africa and Jacarada designs.

"I am happy to learn how to use the Internet for research and communication. I will now be able to access more teaching materials for my students and also to communicate with my friends" Mrs. Alice, Teacher Makaalu Primary School

We also had our The School Fund (TSF) Secondary students use the Internet for their geocaching club to log in caches, check GPS coordinates and to follow some of their "trackable" items.  This would not have been possible without the Internet at the LRC.  Just this past week, TSF students met with college students from the U.S. to learn about entrance requirements and scholarship availability for university and they all used the Internet to search for this information.

The cable connection will be a great learning opportunity for students and teachers from our enrolled schools. Although the Internet connectivity is a bit slow, we are exploring ways to make it a bit faster by installing a dish, but then we would be required to pay reccurrent montly fees for the Internet.

We are very grateful to you all for making this project a success and how it benefits our 55 partner schools in Wamunyu!

The GPRS router providing internet at the LRC
The GPRS router providing internet at the LRC
A class from Nyaani PS doing Exceed Academy
A class from Nyaani PS doing Exceed Academy
Wamunyu ABC. The excitement of online learning!
Wamunyu ABC. The excitement of online learning!
A class from Kambiti PS doing Exceed Academy
A class from Kambiti PS doing Exceed Academy
One  way our students make use of the Internet!
One way our students make use of the Internet!
A class from Miini PS at the lRC
A class from Miini PS at the lRC
KC Geocachers club at LRC using the GPS
KC Geocachers club at LRC using the GPS
Mar 31, 2014

Five schools begin piloting on e-learning module

Students from Mbaikini PS in Exceed Academy class.
Students from Mbaikini PS in Exceed Academy class.

We are most excited to announce the inclusion of a tailored educational training resource in our computer literacy programs that is being piloted among 5 schools! 'Exceed Academy' as it is branded, is a e-learning module for English lesson for standard 5 that was developed by Jacaranda Designs and Avallain Africa. We have commenced  piloting this e-learning module among 190  students in standard five from 5 of our enrolled schools at the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center (LRC). The beneficiary Schools include Makaalu, Mbaikini, Wamunyu ABC, Kambiti and Nyaani Primary Schools. The adoption of this training module has so far been a smooth transition as most of these schools have had prior training on basic computer skills.

'Exceed Academy' module has incoprrated  standard 5 English curricullum (as listed in the national primary sylabus) for the first term. The e-module takes learners through language building skills like reading, listening, writting, speaking and holding conversations. The e-module includes instructional tools like video clips, maps and charts, picures, audio recordings etc all which help boost the learner's enjoyment and motivation to learn. It is evident that happy students will achieve higher learning outcomes.  Another,  resourful feature about this e-module is that it is offering a link between the classroom and the workplace thereby bridging the existing gap between schooling and the work place. Students are presented with an opportunity to discover, explore and most important to apply knowledge. By and large, the lessons in the e-module are promoting communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity/innovation among our students. We are very excited that our team of teachers and students will be trailblazing pioneers as Kenya begins the process of integrating ICT in education. What a great leap forward towards our dream of bringing 21st century learning skills among the rural schools in Wamunyu, Kenya!

"Learning through 'Exceed Academy' is alot of fun and enjoyable than I have ever experienced before! Learning computer has made me to discover the opportunities I have in the future. I now want to be a computer engineer!"  Muthomi K.  - A grade 5 student at Makaalu Primary School.

We remain most grateful to you our donors for the great support in providing better education opprtunities for the children of Wamunyu. Your commitment and support is going to narture hope and a future among hundreds of thousands of children from our enrolled schools. Again, thank you.

Introducing Exceed Academy to Mbaikini PS
Introducing Exceed Academy to Mbaikini PS
Students of Makaalu PS at e-learning class
Students of Makaalu PS at e-learning class
E-learning class for Wamunyu ABC
E-learning class for Wamunyu ABC
Mbaikini class exploring on photo slides
Mbaikini class exploring on photo slides
Makaalu e-learning class in session
Makaalu e-learning class in session
Wamunyu ABC students
Wamunyu ABC students
Makaalu PS students
Makaalu PS students
Mbaikini PS students
Mbaikini PS students
Group learning session for Makaalu PS.
Group learning session for Makaalu PS.
A student from Makaalu PS nevigates through lesson
A student from Makaalu PS nevigates through lesson
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