Markus Gomer already has friends in Kenya; some time ago, he was able to provide children at a primary school with better conditions for attending school with the support of Starkmacher. But this initial support was not enough for him. "This is not about handouts or dependence on external support, but about creating pilot projects that other schools can follow and take as an example" explains the man from Mannheim his motivation. For this reason, he relied entirely on the possibilities and willingness of his partners in Kenya for planning and implementation.
Motivating people to become independent with external impulses
Identify needs and find employees
The choice for a pilot project fell on the small school "Maktau Primary" between Nairobi and Mombasa. Here, a highly motivated team of teachers was found who already had digital expertise. A wi-fi network had to be set up, a curriculum developed, the tablets for the first class purchased. Markus Gomer developed a support concept with Starkmacher e.V. and got started.
Test run successful
The first tablets were handed over and started to be used as early as December 2018. The teaching staff received a comprehensive introduction and training and, together with the project team, developed an overall concept for several class levels. Now that the first classes have been working with the tablets for a good year, the first successes can be seen: "The pupils have demonstrably improved their digital skills significantly and are highly motivated. It puts them in a much better starting position for higher educational goals compared to the mostly better equipped urban population," says Gomer happily.
Pilot successful, expansion planned
The fact that the school won a prize in a regional competition on the topic of digitisation has of course made those involved all the more happy. The project is to be extended to other grades and other schools in the vicinity are to be involved in digitisation.