Project Kakuma aims to educate students in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, which currently houses a total of 179,000 refugees. Schools in the camp are overcrowded – each classroom has up to 150 students – and have very few resources. The program began in April 2015 with a single laptop and one staff member, and has since expanded to include a group of 50 teachers from all over the world who teach via Skype on a daily basis to five of the Kakuma schools. Project Kakuma now provides instruction in English, math, science, art, physical education, and even robotics. Furthermore, the program also creates a space for intercultural exchange and offers a sense of freedom to refugees who are isolated in the camp.Project Kakuma harnesses the power of edtech and international collaboration to provide education to some of the world's most underresourced and isolated students, and to facilitate intercultural exchange.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryOnline school/centerEducational TechnologyCulture/indigenous knowledge21st century skills (soft skills)Art & Music
Model details2015Not-for-profitMath/numeracyEnglish languageScience & engineeringCulture/indigenous knowledge21st century skills (soft skills)Art & MusicActiveLong-term project60050%50%
Scale6060-100 teachers are involved in total: 50-100 global teachers conduct lessons via Skype, in collaboration with 10 teachers in the Kakuma Refugee Camp schools.5Project Kakuma holds Skype lessons in 5 schools in the Kakuma Refugee Camp.105Project Kakuma has donated 5 robot car kits and 100 storybooks to the Kakuma schools to supplement Skype lessons.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Although the program does not currently have any professional monitoring and evaluation, it has a partnership with FilmAid which creates monthly reports of the number of students served, the number of teachers involved, etc.User satisfactionAbility to reach the poorTeacher attendanceMonthlyNo
100% of the students are refugees who have fled from war and hunger in fragile and conflict affected areas, including Somalia, Burundi, DRC, and Sudan.