Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Kenya
Problem Statement: Over 70% of families Kenya Connect serves in rural Kenya live in extreme poverty (less than $2 per day). The biggest challenge facing students in rural public schools is the lack of classroom resources, including devices and the internet. As Kenya has become a technology leader in east Africa, the digital divide has grown in rural communities. Kenya Connect partners with over 50 primaries and 12 secondary public schools serving approximately 18,000 students to help them succeed in the 21st century regardless of location or income level.
Kenya Connect’s Solution: For the last 20 years, Kenya Connect has implemented programs, including literacy and library programs, digital literacy, and STEM classes, to empower students to develop into confident, collaborative, and creative learners and provide programs for teachers and parents at their partner public schools to better support students.
Kenya Connect & Team4Tech Partnership Goals: Kenya Connect is at a critical point in scaling up, and their goal in partnering with Team4Tech is to establish an EdTech Hub and Maker Space. This will be a space where students, teachers, and community members can develop various digital skills. The Maker Space will have technology devices, robotics materials, sewing machines, art supplies, and software to help students create. They are planning on the EdTech Hub to have computers equipped with software so students and young adults can learn coding, web and graphic design, business management, and other skills. The space will also be used as an “internet café” for community members to pay a small fee to access the internet and computers.