Project Location: Meru, Mikinduri, Nairobi, Saidia, Mombasa
Project Code: HDP AEK0422
Even though there are many educational resources online, schools in the rural communities where Chalice works cannot access them. Five sites in Kenya have created a one-year program that will provide the students and teachers with access to free digital educational content in places where there is no internet.
Chalice has been serving children and seniors in Kenya since 1996 in nine sites in both rural and urban communities. Primary education is free in Kenya; however, that does not include mandatory items such as books and uniforms. There is little investment in rural schools and our sites struggle to equip their students and teachers with adequate learning materials. These children face a disadvantage when it comes to performing well on national exams, which determine their education opportunities as they progress through their academic careers.
Even though there are many educational resources online, schools in the rural communities where Chalice works cannot access them. These children do not get to experience computer-based learning or watch modern educational audio-visual content. This gap in resources was felt especially during the COVID school closures, when learning at home became critical to continuing in education. Although the Kenya’s curriculum development authorities are working to improve digital literacy in education, the work of delivering effective programs to schools and communities is largely left to the non-profit community.
In response to this, five Chalice sponsor sites have partnered with a non-profit digital education organization called Elimu. They have created a one-year program that will the provide students and teachers with access to free digital educational content in places where there is no internet. The students will be able to access the content at home with specially programmed tablets that are loaded with curriculum-based content. Teachers can also use it in the classroom by connecting a laptop to a projector. Staff ensure that the devices are secure and have been well tested, so students can explore all the content without encountering anything inappropriate. The pre-loaded programming is grounded in understanding of the Kenyan education system and curriculum outcomes. Rural schools, refugee camps, orphanages, and prison systems are already using these programs. The content is available in dozens of languages, including English and Swahili and is designed to support a well-rounded curriculum for lessons, assessments, and training. The content can support the local school curriculum and cover areas such as life skills, entrepreneurship, and literacy.
As a non-profit organization, Elimu’s mission is to partner with communities to increase access to education, improve digital literacy in the community and help youth to find pathways after high school to meaningful futures through skills development, employment planning and entrepreneurship.
This one-year program will be run in 12 schools across five Chalice sponsor sites in Kenya: Meru, Mikinduri, Nairobi, Saidia and Mombasa. The staff team is dedicated to giving the students and teachers a high-quality experience and bring their passion and knowledge to each school where they work. Each site will require intensive training with teachers/facilitators and where possible, with students/learners. After the training, they will be ready to implement the programs on their own. Chalice staff will have constant access to support and troubleshooting after the training. Chalice hopes that if this one-year pilot is successful, all the sponsor sites in Kenya will be able to run the program in their schools in the next three to five years.
This one-year pilot has a budget of $119,723.47 CAD, which includes training at all 12 schools, 65 tablets to be distributed among the schools according to their existing resources, program management, and Elimu staff stipends. Your support will give 14,000 students and staff (including 4000 sponsored children) access to modern, high-quality educational content to improve their classroom and home-based learning and increase their performance in their academics.
Budget in Canadian Funds: $119,723.47 CAD
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other community projects/programs that may arise.