Education  Kenya Project #52611

Technology and Education for Kids in Kenya

by Elimu
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Elimu alumni Hosea beams about his future!
Elimu alumni Hosea beams about his future!

Despite the global pandemic, Elimu’s Cisco Networking Academy, housed inside Elimu Resource Centre in Malindi, assisted 50 youth (15 females / 35 males) during 2020 and into 2021 to gain digital skills they would otherwise never have achieved. Established in September 2019, the first graduation included only 15 graduates. The  event held in May 2021 under strict COVID-19 protocols was for 2020 students who struggled over 15 months to be able to complete the normally 3-4 month course. Eight months of lockdowns last year and another sudden lockdown in April 2021 caused major delays. But the students persevered and completed their programs. It was a simple and small but very joy-filled celebration when it finally took place in May.

Elimu's Cisco instructor, Anthony, is working hard to encourage more girls and women to participate. In June, he hosted a Cisco Girls in IT – CyberSecurity training event with 18 young women participating. Currently there are 24 students being trained (11 females / 13 males). For many of these young people it is there first experience with computers. The Cisco IT Essentials course brings them up to par with others who have had much more opportunity to explore and work with technology in school and at home. Elimu's goal is to give these vulnerable youth access to the skills and experience they need to succeed in today's digital era.

Of the 50 graduates, 52% used their new digital skills for work related outcomes including finding jobs, improving their own professional skills and one started his own graphics business; another 36% continued on to further studies in IT-related fields.

Hear from an Elimu Alumni

Hosea Kamau started attending Elimu Resource Center in Grade 9 to access the digital resources he needed to improve in his studies. He has been an active volunteer of Elimu’s since 2016 and still returns to help out when his university is on break. He was initially interested in engineering but after taking the Cisco IT Essentials course with Elimu he changed his mind and applied for a Bachelor of Computer Science which he is currently pursuing. The Elimu team assisted him with all he needed to successfully apply for a government bursary and student loan so that he could follow his dream career. He plans to come back to Elimu Resource Center to study a higher level Cisco course which he believes will be vital to his professional development. Click the link below to hear Hosea's enthusiasm for the future in a brief video clip on Elimu’s YouTube Channel.

 

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Lockdown didn't shut down her learning!
Lockdown didn't shut down her learning!

Elimu Resource Centre was officially closed to the public for 8 months last year. But we still found innovative ways to remain relevant in the community.

We provided food assistance to the families of children we sponsor for school fees. We kept our Cisco Networking Academy students going with support at home, eventually getting permission to bring them back to the Centre. We just hosted their graduation in April with a great deal of joy!

We are open again in 2021 – yes, with occasional lockdowns. But this June’s half term break had us receiving students again. They came to access the digital resources we offer to help them with their homework projects or to work at their own pace on improving their weaker areas.

We also receive university and college students who have been forced to do their learning from home but don’t have access to computers or internet. The Centre is a God-send for these learners. Click the link below to watch one young college student share how she feels about getting access to our digital resources.

After 8 months of closure, we need to clean the place up. Over the years, paint has been peeling, stains are darkening the walls. Our outdoor signs are barely visible due to the sun’s tropical intensity. We had planned to embark on a re-painting project last year but when COVID-19 arrived, it didn’t make sense. Now that we have children coming to us again, it’s important to get back in shape!

It is a big project. Our Centre is a four storey building with five different rooms plus the reception area and the stairwells, and the outdoor building walls and perimeter walls. It’s all concrete and they all need new coverage. So we are reaching out for help to make this happen. We have already received $1,000 which will go towards re-painting the outdoor signage. We are left with raising $8,457 to complete the project.

Below is a breakdown of our costs:

Outside building walls (top to bottom; four sides):                         $2,564

Cisco Lab and Digitech Lab (2nd floor):                                         $1,123

High school section, admin offices (3rd floor):                                $1,123

Reception, charging station, kitchen, storage, offices (1st floor):   $1,105

Conference Hall, EduTech Server Office (4th floor):                       $   994

Inside perimeter of outdoor compound wall:                                   $   752

Spiral Staircases (1st – 4th floor)                                                     $   449

Balconies (2 floors)                                                                          $   349

 Our Technology and Education for Kids in Kenya campaign is aimed to raise the funds we need so that we can keep on giving children the best experience for their learning needs. We use technology to provide these kids with resources they don’t get at home or at school. Along the way, they are gaining digital skills, building their digital literacy and getting exposure to technical careers and business ideas for their life after high school.

The walls are being measured as we prepare for the painting. Will you help us get the first coat on? The children of Malindi, Kenya will be so grateful!

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