The Slovakian Ambassador to Kenya, His Excellency Frantisek Dlhopolcek recently paid a visit to our Schools and Sote Hub projects in Taita Taveta. The envoy was accompanied Ms. Izabela Nagyova, the
Development Cooperation Counsellor at the Nairobi embassy.
Sote ICT project has been sponsored Slovak Aid since 2010. To date, the project works with twelve secondary schools in particular nurturing business and IT skills of students with the ambition to start real businesses once they graduate. Last year, the project opened Kenya’s first rural business incubator, Sote Hub, serving graduate secondary students.
The Slovak Envoy had a busy itinerary visiting Marungu Secondary and Kajire Girls on the first day. In both schools, the students made presentations of their training companies, activities, products and the international and local partnerships through Euro PEN International. He had enough time to share and hear from the students on their views on development and priority areas for their communities.
One of the emerging issues was water scarcity to which the envoy pledged to work with local leadership and find sustainable solutions. It was also noted that the green houses project from the small grant embassy support in both schools were in need for alternative investment in better supply of water.
His Excellency Frantisek Dlhopolcek on the second day visited Sote Hub to learn about our progress. There were four exciting presentations from the recent winners of the seed funding from Sote ICT Project; Redecor, Re Afrika, ‘Rogim and Cladika. Re Afrika has prototyped car and motorcycle tracker. Lucia, a founder at Re-Afrika made a robust presentation informing the audience how they were able to track a stolen motorbike same morning and the owners were on their way to the Hub to show appreciation. Definitely good stories to hear!
His Excellency later held a working lunch with the Taita Taveta governor H.E John Mruttu and his cabinet at Sarova Taita Salt Lick lodge.
About Sote ICT and Sote Hub
Sote ICT introduced a methodology of training companies where students simulate working in teams and specialize as if they managed a real company. Training companies trade and communicate regularly with their peers in Kenya and abroad and also compete during annual trade fairs. We have reached over 6,800 students in 12 secondary schools, 200 teachers and donated assorted IT equipment. The students have set up 28 training companies.
Last year, the project opened what is definitely Kenya’s first start ups incubator in a rural set up, Sote Hub, a break from the conventional approach of setting up such spaces in capital cities. The target group are high schools graduates from our schools project, universities and the communities.
Former students have now launched their startups at Sote Hub, 18 in total and help to train and motivate their younger peers who are still studying.
To learn more about this project, please visit our website www.sotehub.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To partner with us, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is made possible from Slovak Aid and Pontis Foundation funding support!