Edewa – Kenya

In a world changing faster than ever, the Kenyan education system is struggling to support the children’s education. Although more students are attending school, the teaching conditions aren’t getting any better, with more than 80 students in one class in some iterations.
This results in less than one in 6 children reaching minimum basic learning outcomes to pursue higher education.  And although many NGOs and other organizations are focusing on developing quality educational resources; due to financial, geographical and technical constraints, many of these resources fail to scale and do not reach most schools.

Since 2016, ELEWA has been assessing the situation, interviewing hundreds of teachers across the country. They soon realized that to build up the children, you first need to build up the teacher. Therefore, ELEWA has been developing tools to help the teachers in their mission to shape the professionals of tomorrow. Working closely with schools and governing figures across the country, they mentored 1500 well-trained teachers this year, grow to 20,000 over the next five years.


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project details

What: Help a local association “building” and supporting teachers’s pedagogical skills across Kenya, delivering qualitative education for thousands of children

When:Preparation Phase: October – June
Presentation of a solution plan: December
Implementation Phase: 6 weeks in the summer

Where: Nairobi, capital of Kenya and the surrounding region

Working with Elewa and AFD, you will first have to analyse the current model of the organization. Elewa offers 3 main services to their customers:

– Pedagogical guides and training for the teachers;

– Optimized and time saving grading system for the students;

– Teachers Assistance to tailor the best option in the school;

After analyzing those services which are currently proposed mainly around Nairobi; your first mission will be to assess the main risks of applying that formula to rural areas. In collaboration with ELEWA team, you’ll have identify the hazards of working in zones with far less infrastructure, and where reaching the schools might take up to 6 hours for the team. You’ll then have to create a risk analysis of the model and decide which aspect to prioritize and work on.Secondly, you’ll have to scheme out a solution to those risks, regarding the cost vs benefit factor of your solution compared to the model currently applied in Nairobi. Finally, during the summer, you will work with selected schools to implement your pilot solution.

As with all our projects, the first step of the project will be the formation of a multidisciplinary team of excellent and highly motivated students. The students will work on the project in Belgium over the academic year and spend around 6 weeks for the last phase of their project.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for 4-6 excellent and highly motivated students. Students of all academic backgrounds are allowed to apply. However, for this project we are especially looking for students with backgrounds or special interest in:

Civil engineering

Industrial engineering

Someone with an interest in connecting harsh infrastructural environments with larger frameworks. For example, a background and interest in solar technology and on-/offline data storage and collection.

Business engineering

Economic science

Preferably one profile very strong on processes and policy, one with a greater interest in finance. An interest and understanding of technology and its role in management of an organisation is a big plus.



Empathy and understanding of the interactions between people are a key skill for this project.


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