Just following on from what my colleague Edmund said, in that we would love to deploy your idea. To put a bit of context to what he's already said, there are thousands of refugees in Nairobi and Kampala who are very tech-minded and keen to learn, who due to finance barriers, difficulty of movement or just plain lack of information, are unable to access tech education.
We aim to reach and provide them with educational opportunities in a broad sense, via our community Hubs. However with your software things could get very interesting indeed.
To give an idea of the demand for tech ed we're looking at, take a look at our latest needs assessment, attached below. 66% of respondents in Nairobi said they wanted a computer school!
Hi all: we've just completed a needs assessment of two refugee communities in Nairobi, and found that community Hubs along the lines of the above Idea would be strongly welcomed. I've attached the report below, but its core findings are as follows:
- 76% of respondents said they do not have any learning opportunities in their area (Libraries, Computer Schools, Language Courses, Vocational training etc)
- A stunning 92.5% said they can't afford the fees associated with these learning opportunities, in their area or not.
- All this from a population that is very sporadically educated: for example, only 16% of female respondents from Eastleigh had completed Secondary Education.
- What's more, traveling around Nairobi is very hard for refugees, due to police harassment and cost of travel. When asked to rate ease of movement around Nairobi out of 5, the average was 1.7.
- Safe spaces to meet are also an issue. 70.4% of respondents said they do not have a safe space to meet as a community within walking distance; most of those who said they did, said that their safe space was their homes.
- All in all, when asked if they would like a Tamuka community Hub in their area, managed and directed by the community along the lines of the above Idea, 95% of respondents said YES.
Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/a/xavierproject.org/file/d/0B_ShyJ3aXYL_LWdvY0xWYXRIUnM/view?usp=sharing