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.
Background on Educational Technology
Educational technology programs around the world are taking advantage of rapid increases in Internet and mobile connectivity to expand education access to and improve quality. As of 2014, more than 30 percent of households in low and middle-income countries had Internet access, compared to less than 10 percent in 2005. Moreover, in 2014, there were about 90 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 inhabitants in the developing world, as opposed to 23 just 10 years prior.
The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has profiled more than 140 educational technology programs. Several of them are leveraging expanded access to technology to help students learn. Tools like solar-powered tablets, durable laptops, and permanent Internet stations are being used to make learning and teaching faster, easier, and more efficient. All around the world forward-thinking programs are helping to connect students, teachers, and educators to people and resources.
Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from eight common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:
1) Hardware provision
2) Software and learning content, for free or at reduced costs
3) Training teachers to make the most out of education technology
4) Creating a platform for students around the world to interact
5) Marketable skills development
6) Portable and accessible learning materials
7) Faster student assessment
8) Tracking and monitoring accountability