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ITbus - computer training for youth in slums of Nairobi, Kenya

The project was implemented between 15 June and 31 December 2011 in Nairobi (Kenya) and counted with participation of one volunteer, a student of computer science at the Wroclaw University of Technology, who stayed in Kenya from 2 July to 14 October 2011. The coordinator of the project was the Poland - East Africa Economic Foundation, PEAEF, and the local partner was the Craft Silicon Foundation.

The main aim of the project was to conduct trainings in the field of computer science for children and youth living in shantytowns of Nairobi. The trainings were organised in an adapted vehicle: IT Bus, a mobile training centre.

During the project, the volunteer trained in IT 143 youngsters from shantytowns of Nairobi. He worked on a regular basis with two groups of youth, giving lectures and workshops. He also applied changes into the teaching programme, what increased efficiency of the team’s work. The volunteer organised consultations for participants who required additional help in mastering new material. As part of the activities, he supported the local partner’s team in maintaining the infrastructure of IT Bus.

As part of the global education initiative, the volunteer kept a blog, collected materials about new technologies in Africa, and wrote 3 essays about it. Moreover, he organised a competition related to the topic of the project, whose 5 winners were awarded books and DVDs about Africa. He also gave a lecture at the Wroclaw University of Technology (9th December 2011) about the possibilities of development in Africa based on new technologies, that was also an opportunity to promote the concept of volunteering.