The Kuyu Project teaches young African students how to use technology to make a positive impact in their communities. The Kuyu Project wiki hosts their learning content and resources. We asked Simeon Oriko to tell us about it.
When we began The Kuyu Project, we were essentially looking at two things:
- Ease of use for our target audience who are high school kids in various African countries
- Crowdsourcing the content so that people can share the techniques and tips that have worked for them
A member of our advisory board recommended Wikispaces. I loved the idea that Wikispaces was determined to help advance K–12 education and the vast amounts of resources that existed that would help achieve this including a free upgraded wiki (which Wikispaces kindly granted us).
The decision to use Wikispaces solved our usability issue for our target audience, and it came with a lot of other benefits which we are benefiting from and still discovering to date. (I recently discovered the stats page which quite honestly makes my day!)
Adopting Wikispaces is half the story. The work of crowdsourcing content about the various tools and techniques that these students can use to make a positive impact in their communities is the other half of the story.
We believe that this task will have a major impact, in that by teaching kids to use technology-based tools and techniques, we are in essence fueling their dreams and ambitions — which may one day become the solutions and innovations that will change the Africa and the rest of the world.
It’s an uphill task, but it’s doable… and it must be done for the sake of the future of the upcoming generation.