Kenya’s Connected Summit birth tech skills project for street children
By Victor Magunamu, Kenya
ICT Authority, Huawei Technologies, TotoSci and E-Mentoring Africa have announced plan to empower over 400 vulnerable students of Bosco School in Karen through providing technology, technology skills, science education, soft skills, life skills and mentoring.
The project is part of corporate social responsibility activity of the tow day Connected Kenya Summit which was held at Bomas of Kenya from Monday to Wednesday.
To jump start the programme, Huawei donated 60 tablets to the students while eMentoring Africa has committed to provide mentoring, soft skills, life skills and entry-level technology skills. TotoSci will provide a tailor-made curriculum based on experiential learning and a science and coding kit.
Speaking during the rollout of the initiative, Huawei Senior Director for Public Affairs, Adam Lane, said the goal is to help a group of vulnerable students understand and take advantage of technology to further their studies and careers.
He emphasized the wide range of skills that will be provided to the students along with the technology, so that they can be inspired for future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and have the confidence and support to achieve these.
Through this initiative, we believe that the students will no longer be disadvantaged, but will actually be at an advantage amongst their peers as they will possess the necessary skills to make something of better for their lives,” Adam Lane said.
The annual Connected Kenya Summit platform which was in its 10 the edition brings over 500 ICT thought leaders and experts under one roof in the spirit of collaboration and partnerships to catalyze the use of ICT in attainment of a knowledge economy
Bosco Boys Kuwinda is a project founded in 1990 and hosts over 450 boys and girls to provide them with a home, basic human needs, education and spiritual nourishment to the needy children who formally lived or are currently living in the streets.
The project not only provides hardware, but also provides the crucial skills that will enable these vulnerable youth to improve their lives and career prospects.