Strathmore Educational Trust.
A not-for-profit organisation working for educational initiatives in Kenya since 1960.
In Kenya over 67% of the unemployed are young people, 90% of whom have no formal training. There is a wide gulf between the skills demanded by the market and the type of training offered by educational centres. The informal small-business sector employs nearly nine in every ten workers in the private sector, to strengthen productivity. Therefore helping workers to move into the formal sector would increase employment, improve access to credit, and contribute to the growth of the GNP. To meet these needs Strathmore set up Eastlands College of Technology in 2003, and since then it has offered professional training in the field of electronics and communications technology to over 5,000 youths from deprived backgrounds and unemployed people.
The current aim is to broaden the training on offer through a course covering the final 3 years of electronic technology and electrical engineering, and an advanced diploma in Certified Information Communication Technology which enables students to apply to university degree courses. Therefore the aim of the project is to support the College in setting up new courses.
The project includes:
Provision of technical equipment and teaching;
Purchase of books for the library;
Partial grants for 10 deserving students.
240 young people per year
10 academic bursaries