ICT Authority, Huawei Technologies, TotoSci and E-Mentoring Africa announced a new project to empower street children.
TosoSci Academy was founded by Anthony Muthungu, a Kenyan youth who sought to develop science and coding kits from local materials.
It aims to inspire children into STEM careers but also provide them with the skills and hardware to get relevant practical experience.
The materials can be provided to students at low cost along with volunteer trainers to help the students use the kits in a structured curriculum.
TotoSci Academy says coding improves creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, persistence, and communication amongst youth.
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.
Bosco Boys Kuwinda is a project founded in 1990.
It 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 also empowers the street children to reintegrate into society, to become self-reliant, independent and honest citizens capable of making a positive contribution to society.
For the programme, 60 tablets were donated during the Connected Kenya Summit for use by the students in their studies and education.
With eMentoring Africa (eMA) providing mentoring, soft skills, life skills and entry-level technology skills for the students, TotoSci provides a tailor-made curriculum based on experiential learning and a science and coding kit.
eMA is a not-for-profit organization that blends mentorship with guidance, values and personal development to school-age/adolescent children and skills transfer and employment linkages to youth who have attained employment age.
The unique partnership will empower over 400 vulnerable students of Bosco School in Karen through providing technology, technology skills, science education, soft skills, life skills and mentoring.
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