At its best, technology is a connector -- bridging
people, places, and experiences for the betterment of everyone. When Kathleen
Chromicz saw a real need to bring sustainable technological curriculum and
resources to her local Kenyan schools, she founded Villages Innovate, a
technology-focused education platform. Its mission? To connect lives and
learning through partnerships and technology. Working with communities in Kenya
and East Africa, the program is building a 360 digital education platform that
serves both teachers and students. Her even bigger goal is to bring this
innovative approach to technological education beyond Africa, to teachers and
students around the world.
While the Digital Divide continues to hamper the world's most disadvantaged, today's youth cannot wait to be prepared for tomorrow. They need the skills to live in their world right now. Leap-frogging using technology may be the solution. Mobile technologies and apps are becoming effective modes of communicating, delivering content, even serving as local payment systems (MPESA in Kenya). Innovation and creativity are the strengths in Africa.
Villages Innovate continues this educational work through:
- Collaborative exploration of innovative technology to create vibrant learning environments, from which diverse students emerge as innovative global citizens who engage their talents and expertise to add value to the world
- Participation in teams of local and global partners willing to weave material and intellectual resources into sustainable communities and models of technology-embedded education in developing countries
- The spark of global service-learning partnerships that grow personal and meaningful relationships while designing sustainable solutions to challenges that benefit all stakeholders