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 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
Mar 10, 2014

Cable installation in progress

Assembling 9U cabinet
Assembling 9U cabinet

Finally, the cable installation is in progress! The process began when we secured a suitable contractor. In liason with the contractor, we were able to procure supplies needed for the work -  rolls of data cables, a 9U cabinet, face plates,  ethernet switch, trunkings, UPS, RJ 45 connectors, wall box connectors among other things. With the materials on site, the contractor began by assembling the cabinet to run the wires through, installing the trunkings, and laying the cables  within the computer lab of the LRC building. A total of 38 connection points have been set up at the computer lab meaning a maximum of 38 computers can be connected to the internet at the lab at the same time. Currently the lab has 20 mac mini computers with an ultimate hosting capacity of 40 computers. Other rooms within the LRC building are also being installed with the cable and networked which will allow us to spread out the computers if we need to. Another 10 connection points have been established in other rooms within the LRC building making the total connection points 48! The process of testing the cables and wall connection switches is now occurring. The contractor  is working hard to ensure that work is completed in good time.

Once the cable installation work is finalized, this will mark a big stride in our efforts to provide skills for the 21st century. Many of the missed opportunities by our students and teachers (as  highlighted in the previous progress report) will turn into reality. The Center will become the hub of communication and online research among students and teachers in our 54 enrolled schools. Book club discusions via Skype  (which in the past have been a big frustration) will now be feasible.

We are excited to highlight that the completion of the cable is coniciding with the inclusion of five of our enrolled schools  in a pilot project called 'Exceed Academy Africa' which is part of Avallain Africa and Jacarada Designs (the producers of Young African Express). The 5 target schools will get e-learning modules delivered to standard five. We are starting to get tailored educational resources on-line. 

The current 120 students and teachers in training at the LRC on computer skills will be among the first group to benefit from this cable project.These learners are very excited to see the cable project get underway and cannot wait to experience the power of the internet.

 "I am happy to see the laying of network cables in the Kenya Connect LRC. My dream to use the Internet as a research tool will soon come to fruition"

Mr. Francis Muli - A teacher at Kambiti Primary School

We remain most grateful to you our supporters for making this great learning transformation happen among our schools.Thank you!

Some of the supplies purchased
Some of the supplies purchased
Applying adhesive on the trunkings
Applying adhesive on the trunkings
Mounting trunking on the wall
Mounting trunking on the wall
Laying the cables
Laying the cables
More cables to make for the 48 connection points!
More cables to make for the 48 connection points!
Winding up on laying cables
Winding up on laying cables
Drilling points for patrices
Drilling points for patrices
Installing cable in other rooms of the LRC
Installing cable in other rooms of the LRC
Mounting wall connectors
Mounting wall connectors
Working on the plugin sockets
Working on the plugin sockets
Terminating the cables
Terminating the cables
Terminating the cables with modules
Terminating the cables with modules
Working on the swith box
Working on the swith box
Working on the ethernet switch
Working on the ethernet switch
Students of Makaalu PS in class session
Students of Makaalu PS in class session
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