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Global Technology Innovation

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | STEM Kenya

Module Overview

This module is a 5-8 week learning abroad/ co-op program that provides game-changing individuals with the knowledge, technical skills and experiences to confront global challenges and learn about social entrepreneurship from those on the ground. Through the program, teams of fellows gain practical coding skills and build websites for local organizations to advance community-driven change. Moringa School was founded in 2014 by Audrey Cheng, graduate of Northwestern University ’15, with the mission to develop and nurture Sub-Saharan Africa’s workforce to meet the demand of the booming tech industry. With a proven flipped classroom teaching paradigm and software development curriculum, both local and international students work together to solve coding challenges and complete projects together every day. To date, Moringa School has graduated more than 100 students from their primary location in Nairobi, many of whom have filled in-demand tech jobs at local start-ups and social enterprises. Each March, Moringa School in partnership with Facebook, hosts Nairobi Tech Week, Sub Saharan Africa’s largest tech event, to bring together developers, enterprises and investors to look toward the future of the Sub-Saharan Africa tech market. Do you want to learn how to change the world through software development? Join us and Moringa School to sharpen your coding skill set with world-class developers and top social entrepreneurs to drive social impact.

Location

This module is based in Nairobi, Africa’s fourth largest city and the economic hub of East Africa. Nairobi is a vibrant and exciting place with fascinating attractions: its café culture, unbridled nightlife, young business atmosphere and notably, just 20 minutes from the city center – wild lion and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve.

Educational Outcomes

Practical: Lectures from CEOs and Directors from top tech companies in Africa; work in a 3-week tech consulting internship with a local organization; build your resume with recognition of a fellowship, internship and project portfolio; and earn a Moringa School credential upon completion.

Theory: Sharpen your software development skills; join a growing community focused on applying their tech skills for social impact; understand what it requires to take on a social impact opportunity in new markets; leave Nairobi with a global network of top entrepreneurs and emerging engineering talent.

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 5 weeks. The maximum length is 8 weeks (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).

Contributors

Audrey Cheng

Audrey is the co-founder and CEO of Moringa School, where she's accelerating high potential individuals across Africa to become world-class software engineers. She graduated from Northwestern University with a journalism and global health degree. She found a love of programming as a scalable and effective way to change the world for the better.

She’s driven to level the playing ground for Africans through technology, to unleash the human potential and to bridge the gap between the Western world and emerging markets by creating more access to high-quality technical education, which she believes will transform the continent as a whole. Moringa School graduates, on average, experience a 350% salary increase after the program. In the next 10 years, Moringa School plans to scale across Africa and continue to deliver world-class education to high potential students. Currently, Moringa School consists of Junior Moringa School for beginners, Moringa School – our full-time, immersive program and Moringa DevShop – where graduates take on client work from U.S. and European companies.

Nivi Mukherjee

Nivi Mukherjee is the co-founder and CEO of eLimu, one of the most talked about EdTech innovations in Africa. eLimu is an interactive educational platform with rich digital localized content for the Kenyan Primary School curriculum and has been featured on CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC and The Economist, to name a few. 

As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, Nivi is passionate about empowering youth and engaging in community initiatives that foster development and fun. She worked in the IT training industry (for adults) for six years, she also runs Maisha ni Matamu (‘life is sweet’ in Swahili), a “funucational” social project she started seven years ago that aims to bring a day full of joy every month to children who are underprivileged and/or orphaned. Nivi is now the President of BRCK Education, a business unit that focuses on school-based solutions where the BRCK software and hardware can be used to make a real difference. She is a thought-leader in Education Technology for emerging markets. In her spare time, Nivi organizes cultural festivals, bakes, knits, runs half marathons, folds origami and plays Fußball.

Michael Narea

Michael Andres Narea lives to work with his friends and colleagues to reach their full potential. He does this through designing experiences, programs and curricula for diverse sets of audiences. Always looking for another learning design challenge, he has worked in educational roles for GSVlabs in Silicon Valley, Sea Turtles Forever in Punto Pargos Costa Rica, New Frontiers Education in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Jiang China Design in Beijing, China.

Savannah Kunovsky

Savannah is the founder and editor of the Inclusion.Tech newsletter and has served as an instructor and mentor for Women Who Code and Mission Bit in San Francisco. Hailing from Seattle, Savannah is a software engineer and was an early employee at a top Silicon Valley coding school, Hack Reactor, where she helped to grow the organization from one school with 100 graduates to nine schools plus partner schools with 1 400 graduates per year.

Guest Speakers

  • Maurice Otieno Venture Associate, Nest VC
  • Jenn Cotter CEO, Spire
  • Roshan Paul CEO, Amani Institute
  • Arielle Sandor CEO, Duma Works

Customize Your Program

Thank you for your interest in this module and developing a faculty-led program with EDU Africa. We pride ourselves in our ability to customize a program that will meet your requirements, exceed your expectations and make your vision come to life.


Featured Experiences

Kiambethu Tea Farm

Touring the Kiambethu Tea Farm gives insight into the colonial history and economics of Kenya, as well as the process undergone to transform the leaves of a tea bush into one of the most well known beverages of all time. The tour includes a walk through indigenous forests rich with medicinal trees, as well as a delicious colonial luncheon on the lawn.

River Rafting Rapids Camp

River Tana is the perfect place for white river rafting, with rapids ranging from grades three to five. It is also the only place in for white river rafting in Kenya. Upstream and downstream currents, including waterfalls, provide different technicalities that challenge beginners as well as more experienced rafters. Rafting River Tana is a worthy adrenaline rush!

Big Cat Monitoring

Incredible wildlife is one of Africa’s most appealing icons, and is desperately in need of protection through conservation and educational projects. Many conservation efforts give rise to amazing volunteering programs, such as the opportunity to research and monitor big cats. Taking part in this project gives students a chance to deeply experience and engage with some of Africa’s most powerful and breathtaking wildlife.

Brackenhurst Botanic Gardens

Brackenhurst Botanic Gardens is a vibrant gateway into the world of pre-colonial climate diversity. Rising out of misty, rolling hills of emerald-green tea, these gardens stand as a testament to the power of environmental restoration and protection. The project began in the year 2000 and includes an arboretum of rare tree species that are critically endangered across the continent. 


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