Education in a suitcase

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Education in Kenya

Kenya has made great strides in education and all children now go to primary school which is free and mandatory.

The problem appears in secondary school and is seen when students from rural areas can not get into university. There is a desperate need for more university graduates into these regions but they are now stuck with a severe lack of qualified instructors. In higher income regions students can supplement using technology but low income regions do not have the resources, computers, Internet or stable electricity. The biggest single hurdle in Kenya as in so many other places is mathematics.

Here's what we're doing about it

We have spent 15 years researching and developing educational technology and material for most school levels with an emphasis on mathematics. Our aim is to put this to work in Kenyan high schools.

Our material is free for all. It will run on an 80 dollar tablet with an in-class laptop server with an internal sim card and a WiFi access point. The students can work offline, the laptop will continue to serve the tablets without an outside connection and everything keeps on running even if the electricity fails for several few hours.

You can join us

The material is available. The software is ready. Our tutor-web system has been fully tested. For this we thank all our earlier sponsors and partners, from Kenya to Iceland. The next stage is to purchase hardware, install the components and take the system to high schools in Kenya. We need your help to go to the next stage. Our first step is to raise enough money to use a system in a single classroom, which costs £ 4,000. It goes without saying that we will follow up and ensure that the instructor in charge has the expertise and support needed to run the system. After that, every 4,000 pounds we raise will provide one more high school with a complete system.

Each complete system includes 40 tablets. The component costs per tablet consist of the tablet itself (£60), shipping (£4), the laptop server (£19), setup costs (£12.5) and incidentals (£4.5), for a total of £100 per tablet.

Our side of the bargain

When £4000 have been raised, in February 2016, we will hold a course (free of charge) on using the system. We will hand - deliver each system to each high school and see to it that there is expertise among students and instructors to use it and expertise to further assist students in its use.

We will send you Smileycoins

Have you ever wondered about electronic currencies? We will send you Smileycoins in an electronic wallet so you or your family can experiment with these new concepts. We will show you how to set up the wallet on an Android device or Windows computer along with information on how to use these coins.

If we raise more?

If we raise more than £4000 we will turn attention to other needy secondary school students. There are very many in the region, ranging from students in rural Kenya (the first goal) through a specific secondary school in Tanzania (first stretch goal) to students in a Kenyan prison (second stretch goal). As we move further from the minimum of £4000, we will simply add more schools, announcing these as we go. A primary contact person for each target school has already been identified, but we have chosen to start with the group associated with the first secondary school. If we manage to raise enough for several schools, then we will also be able to attach funds for research and development.

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Team Members

Gunnar Stefansson

Anna Helga Jonsdottir

David Stern

Jamie Lentin

Santiago Maria Borio Penaloza

Zach Mbasu