OLE Kenya proposes a program for youth empowerment centered around skills acquisition. Working with existing community centers, The Girls Learning Library will provide opportunities for girls in Mathare slums to enhance literacy and numeracy skills while also reinforcing positive educational outcomes. The program will be centered around the OLE Personal Learning Platform and will utilize the OLE learning methodology that shifts the role of the teacher to that of coach and mentor.
Nairobi is home to some of the largest slums in the world. Mathare is the second largest slum in Kenya with an estimated population of 750,000. Gang and domestic violence, drugs and alcoholism, and crime are commonplace. The children of Mathare face unique challenges; access to education is low and the pressure to drop out is high, a situation compounded by the fact that there is a near complete lack of access to community based learning programs capable of supporting continuing education.
Working in cooperation with schools and community centers, OLE Kenya will deploy the OLE Personal Learning System to improve access to educational resources for girls and their teachers. The platform delivers offline content library of multimedia, multilingual open education resources coupled with focused learning tools accessible via any web browser. The OLE system is coupled with a pedagogy predicated on student-centered learning, where learning is team based and where instructors are encourag
Our goal is to to improve access to educational resources so that girls receive the support needed to remain engaged in the educational process. We aim to improve performance and reduce drop-out rates. This program will engaged 150 girls at two community centers in Mathare. We ware also exploring opportunities to work within schools as part of after-school programs.