Enhancing Learning in Rural High Schools
Through Digital Technology
WHAT WE DO
The Sote ICT brings practice company experience to high school students in rural Kenya, enriching their creativity, critical thinking and practical life skills for future careers through ICT Clubs. The students create and manage practice companies which evolve into startups ready for incubation or operations when they graduate from school.
WHERE WE ARE
Taita Taveta and Kwale Counties in Kenya. Scaling to other parts of Kenya and eventually to other African countries. We have a big vision to reach up to 1 million young people in Africa by 2027
HOW WE DO IT
We combine digital skills with Lean Startup methodology, and assist students to put it in practice, and thus create teams that can launch real companies, right after school. Our graduates are three times more likely to attend university, start a business or be employed than their peers who didn’t come through the program. “Our mission is to grow startups from rural and small town schools.
UNDP reports that the Kenyan unemployment rate in 2017 is 39%. The highest in the East Africa region. We believe the problem of youth unemployment is due to lack of transferable skills and capital, but is solvable through Sote ICT model and other likeminded initiatives.
- Sote ICT
HIGH SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY TRANSITION
The transition rate from high school to universities and institutions of higher learning stands at 10%. However, from Sote ICT Project, this figure is higher at 30%. Again graduates from Sote ICT project fares better and is about 3 times besting the national average.
Majority of our graduates are with jobs comprising 30% of the respondents sampled and this includes those with own businesses. This is 3 times the national average where transition from learning institutions to work place stands at 8.7%.