Small Solutions Big Ideas, a US based non-profit, brings technology to rural Kenyan schools, trains educators and supports the development of digital learning activities that challenge youth to think creatively and expand their access to knowledge. We collaborate with grassroots organizations to build teams of local leaders and young teachers to lead our program in their villages. We began Kenyan pilot programs in 2009 with HIV/AIDS program in two primary schools using the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop. We now have programs in six rural schools, five in Western Kenya, and our open village marketplace center open during weekends, vacations and teacher strikes. Youth Friendly Corners that open access to technology to more children. Our programs now reach almost 1,000 children.
Our programs promote early engagement with STEM and recognition of its importance to the children's aspirations. Students play math games, research science and health issues, write, chat, record videos, compose songs and create testimonies as learning activities. We provide training for teachers and young women trainees demonstrating how to use this XO laptop to enhance their teaching. We address key learning gaps in, math, science, literacy and HIV/AIDS awareness.