Faye and Colleagues
supplied rural Kenyan students with quality education!
Faye and colleagues raised $2,427!
This paid for:
31 electronic tablets pre-loaded with Kenyan national curriculum materials
Faye and colleagues' motivation
We are challenging ourselves to walk 10,000 steps or more every day in January to raise money for kids in rural Kenya to have access to education technology. Every $73 we raise will provide an electronic tablet loaded with national curriculum education resources so that kids who don't have access to books still have the chance to learn and break the cycle of poverty in their communities. We are aiming to raise enough money to pay for at least 1 tablet each!
Faye and colleagues' feedback
"We are happy to share that the government (ministry of ICT & Education) is impressed with the initiative, and has pledged an extra 50 tablets to boost our project!"
Meaning their fundraising efforts resulted in 81 brand new tablets, enabling 243 disadvantaged Kenyan students to now access the national school curriculum and break the cycle of poverty.
42% of Kenyans live below the poverty line and people living in rural areas face increased challenges with limited access to healthcare, safe water and other social services, which are primarily located in the cities. As a result of a lack of access to quality education, some rural areas of Kenya have a literacy rate of less than 10%.
Bonface, from the rural village of Lubao, Kenya, is determined to do something about the education levels in rural areas.
Bonface was fortunate enough to attend school in his village and excelled at his studies. He headed to Nairobi to attend university, and completed a degree in information technology.
When he arrived for the first time in Nairobi to begin university he was overwhelmed by all the opportunities granted to Kenyans living in the city. Students at his university had access to laptops and tablets and widespread access to the internet, providing them with seemingly limitless educational resources.
After he finished university, Bonface was determined to return to his village and support his community to rise out of poverty through education. Many of the Lubao locals were living on less than a dollar a day and although most children are enrolled in school, many cannot afford books to study from. The schools themselves often don’t have books for every subject. There is also a shortage of teachers in the area with teachers often being responsible for teaching up to seventy children at once.
Bonface’s solution is to provide tablets, which have educational resources pre-loaded onto them, to the students in his community school. These resources have been developed by Kenya’s Ministry of Education and form part of the national school curriculum.
Bonface has already supplied 8 tablets, which are shared amongst the students at the local school he attended as a child. He has seen that the students have already become much more engaged with their learning. The tablets also provide a great solution for self-directed learning when teacher availability is limited.
Bonface has a vision that every child in Kenya has access to the educational resources found in Kenya’s cities so that all children have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in their community.