In 2012, Kenya Connect celebrated its 10th anniversary with the opening of a solar-powered computer Learning Resource Center. This facility offers students and teachers from our 54 enrolled schools to gain access to reading materials, STEAM programs including robotics and coding and computer literacy. The center will also help us easily maintain the many established partnerships between schools around the globe. Joyful students and teachers are thrilled to have access to computers and books!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
At our project site in rural Kenya, there is an average student teacher ratio of 50 to 1. Our enrolled schools are poorly supplied with books and the majority of them are without electricity. Children are literally left in the dark here in the 21st Century, struggling to keep up literacy levels. Students and teachers alike are also unfamiliar with computers, lack basic technology skills, and have not had access to STEAM programs.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our Learning Resource Center is equipped with 28 computers offering students and teachers the opportunity to join the 21st Century with basic computer training and to connect to the world via the internet. And where there is a lack of materials in the local classrooms, the center will provide age appropriate targeted reading lessons. The center also allows children who may not be able to afford secondary school fees the opportunity to continue their education at their own pace.
Potential Long Term Impact
Literacy measurements and national test scores will improve. More students will graduate from primary and secondary school and be college ready. Students and teachers will be computer literate and gain 21st Century skills for the marketplace.
Total Funding Received to Date: $21,871
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,129
Total Funding Goal: $25,000