In early 2017, we started a large-scale crowdfunding initiative to bring a-ACADEMY to thousands of children of the Mathare slum. Thanks to the initiative, Hanka Educational Centre was given a laptop which was regularly used by teachers to enhance their sessions. For most of the students in Mathare, this was the first time they have ever interacted with a computer at all. Thanks to the technology, they were able to gain both a fundamental education as well as valuable digital literacy skills which will ultimately help them succeed in our modernised world.
Having learned to work wonders with the limited resources of Mathare, the teachers and their pupils quickly came up with ways of working effectively with the one laptop they had – They would prop it up on a box so that the entire class could watch the screen, and the teachers took great care to ensure that every student had a chance at interacting directly with the machine during class. As Dr Martina Amoth, Director of Education at Avallain Foundation notes: “The children of Hanka Educational Centre realise that education enables them to achieve their aspirations and dreams. With the help of both their dedicated teachers and our advanced education technology, they know they can succeed even in the adverse conditions of Mathare.”