A Digital Hub for Learners

The community of Malindi, Kenya, now has an innovative new solution to their educational gaps.

At Elimu Resource Centre, they find a bright conducive learning environment, all the resources they need, in digital or paper format, and an active workspace to interact with peers. They learn how to use Kindles, tablets and computers as they gain digital literacy.
ELIMU RESOURCE CENTRE

Projects at ERC

A digital hub for learners The Centre enhances access to education, improves digital literacy in the community and helps youth after high school to find pathways to more meaningful futures through skills development, employment planning and entrepreneurship.

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy

Elimu’s solution for providing hands-on digital experience to prepare youth, especially after high school graduation, for future study and work in the modern job market.
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DigiTech Lab

DigiTech Lab

An off-site or distance learning solution for teachers to be able to offer digital literacy classes for Kenya’s competence based curriculum.
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Youth Futures Program

Youth Futures Program

Elimu’s Youth Futures Program transfers digital skills and work experience to youth in Kenya who lack resources and services to help them plan for their futures.
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Artisan Maker Space

Artisan Maker Space

Boosting income generation for sewing artisans. The Space is an incubation platform for growing fashion designers. It provides modern textile equipment and digital resources which young artisans cannot find in their villages nor afford to buy for themselves.
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ERC Bulletin

Elimu Resource Centre is a social enterprise project of Elimu, a charitable organization registered in Kenya, Canada and the U.S.A.

Along with our digital library and academic eLearning programs, Elimu Resource Centre is a hub for entrepreneurship development. Income from our services will improve our sustainability and expand our programs to better serve youth out of high school with entrepreneurship training, coaching in employability skills and accessing post-secondary studies including vocational instruction.

The Journey

Inspired by the children in our projects, Elimu Resource Centre was created to bridge gaps at school—over-crowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, not enough teachers, as well as poor study environments at home. Our first priority was offering solutions for poor children in the under-resourced public school system. Easy-to-use digital resources and self-directed study skills help students build self-drive and confidence in their learning.

Opened in 2016, the original Elimu Resource Centre was a one-room community library with a capacity for about 80 students. In that first year around 8,000 student visits were recorded.
In 2018, the Centre moved to a new four-storey building which accommodates up to 300 per day and provides separate study spaces for primary and high school students. In 2019, we recorded over 15,000 student visits. Our numbers are growing again post-pandemic.

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Offline eLearning Solution

In 2018, Elimu introduced an edtech platform called Kolibri to our Mobile Digital Reading Program. Developed by US-based Learning Equality, Kolibri is specially designed to provide offline access to a curated open licensed library of educational content. This is the right solution for Kenya with its unstable electrical supply and expensive internet.
Students and teachers gain access to quality educational resources using any Wi-Fi enabled devices including tablets, laptops and Smartphones. It is free to the end-user and secure from negative or malicious online activity. Students can learn at their own pace as well as in the standard group setting and teachers can easily track their class performance. Teachers can digitize their own learning materials and test papers and upload them to the platform for their students. This gives teachers further control over integrating Offline eLearning activities with their regular lesson plans. Elimu is working with certified teachers to produce relevant specific content for the Kenyan curriculum. Our training program is hands-on for teachers and students and gets classrooms up and running with Offline eLearning in just three days.

Mobile Digital Reading Program - Learning for All Stages of Life

Elimu’s Mobile Digital Reading Program was the precursor to Offline eLearning. It takes e-textbooks and video tutorials to classrooms during the school semester when school children cannot come out to Elimu Resource Centre.

We also deliver the reading program to a local prison, junior remand centre and a girls’ rescue home. In these highly vulnerable settings, participants can continue their studies during their incarceration—bringing some normalcy to the experience and giving hope of a better future outside.

Youth Futures Programs

Our programs help guide youth through the sensitive transition to tertiary education, future employment or business start-up. We want to be the source of solutions for youth, especially those who cannot afford further studies on their own and are at risk of joblessness or under-employment. Today, we offer valuable information and exposure to skills and opportunities to help youth chart their pathway to their own better futures.

Internships / Volunteering

Our programs help guide youth through the sensitive transition to tertiary education, future employment or business start-up. We want to be the source of solutions for youth, especially those who cannot afford further studies on their own and are at risk of joblessness or under-employment. Today, we offer valuable information and exposure to skills and opportunities to help youth chart their pathway to their own better futures.

Impact

+40 Youth interns/ Volunteers since 2018

Sustainability Approach

Elimu in Kenya is totally run by Kenyans. The only Canadian staff is founder, Nina Chung who acts as president, a role that provides liaison between the Kenyan team and the Canadian board of directors. We are transitioning from a traditional donor-dependent charity to a social enterprise approach as we seek to achieve self-sustainability in Kenya. 

For income generation and long-term sustainability, Elimu Resource Centre offers the following services to the Malindi community:
conference hall rentals, swimming pool facilities, Cisco Networking Academy, Cyber services, Digital Libraries, Digitech Lab, and the Artisan Maker Space.

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Conference Hall

From its vantage point on the 4th floor of Elimu Resource Centre, our Conference Hall offers a large, open, modern space with panoramic views of Malindi town. Make a great impression on your stakeholders in a bright, professional environment that is affordable too.

Features include:

  • Public address equipment
  • High speed internet access.
  • State-of-the-art projector and pull-down screen
  • Flip charts
  • Catering (Exclusive of conference fees)

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Cisco Networking Academy

Expand your IT skills. Improve your job prospects. Start your own tech maintenance business.

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Digital Library

For Primary School and High School a conducive, modern, bright study environment.

  • Use e-Textbooks on Kindles.
  • Try interactive quizzes on our Offline eLearning platform.
  • Prepare for your next exam with our regular revision books.
  • Consult with volunteer teachers
  • Watch set-books videos

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For Adult Learners
A digital solution for college and university students and adult learners of all kinds!

  • Internet Access
  • Digital Resources relevant for college and university studies.
  • Bring your own laptop or use one of our computers.

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Annual Elimu Youth Info Forum

Stay tuned for details of this year’s Youth Info Forum – our annual event for Form Four Leavers and youth out of high school. A day of information, demonstrations, guest speakers, discussion groups – all about your needs for the future after high school.

Annually in December.

  • HELB Student Loans
  • KUCCPS Online Registration for TVET, College and University
  • TVET VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPTIONS
  • COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
  • ONLINE WORK
  • BLUE ECONOMY CAREER PATH
  • CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY
  • e-LEARNING OPTIONS

Cyber Services

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Swimming Pool

Our swimming pool is situated within our private, secure compound. It has a safety guard rail all around for added safety. Separate female and male change room facilities with showers.

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School Groups & Field Trips
Teachers bring your students for:

  • Set Book Viewing
  • Digital Library
  • Mentorship & Career Guidance
  • e-Learning on our EdTech Platform
  • Conference Hall Rental for Special Meetings

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