Kenya’s Kids Comp Camp wins FIRE Africa Awards

By Lincoln Njogu
  Published 12 Jan 2017
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Caleb Ndaka, Kids Comp Camp, Kenya, receives his award from Dr. Raúl Echeberría, Vice President Global Engagement — Internet Society

Kenya’s Kids Comp Camp emerged as one of the winners of the FIRE (Funds For Internet Research and Education) Africa Awards. The Award ceremony was organised by the SEED Alliance, at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The SEED is a collaborative partnership between IP registry organisations in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Seed Alliance has supported 116 projects in 57 economies in the global south to a tune of around US$ 2.2 million helping them to strengthen and promote the Information Society within these regions.

While receiving the award, Caleb Ndaka, Kids Comp Camp Program lead said ‘This is a great opportunity for our work at Kids Comp Camp to be recognized and shared on a global platform. We are truly honored and humbled. We look forward to reaching out to more young learners living in marginalized communities and with no prior experience with computers in Kenya, and Africa at large to equip them with computing skills and increase their competitiveness in today’s digital driven economy’.

Chosen from nearly 60 applications, the 2016 FIRE Africa Award winnersreceived a US$3,000 cash prize and a travel grant to attend the 2016 IGF to showcase their projects on the global stage, meet winners from other regions and network with other like-minded individuals and tech entrepreneurs.

Alan Barrett, African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) CEO, gave the opening speech and thanked the Seed Alliance sponsors, IDRC and the Internet Society, as well as former sponsor Sida who played a key part in setting up the strong foundations on which the Seed Alliance programme is based. Dr. Raúl Echeberría, Vice President Global Engagement — Internet Society, Paul Wilson, Director General — APNIC, Phet Sayo, Senior Programme Officer — IDRC, and Oscar Robles, CEO — LACNIC, also delivered speeches.

The Award ceremony was also attended by Vinton Cerf, popularly know as the Father of the Internet and who is also the Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. You can watch the entire Seed Alliance Award ceremony here.

The Seed Alliance partners, Award winners and the ‘father’ of the Internet Vinton Cerf

Kids Comp Camp is an initiative that seeks to increase competitiveness of young learners aged 8 to 14 in rural and slums communities in Africa. Kids Comp Camps runs school holidays and weekend computer camps targeting young learners with no prior exposure on computers to equip them with computing and computational thinking skills to tackle today’s digital driven society. Since inception in 2014, kids comp camp has reached out to more than 6,000 kids from 10 counties in Kenya; 90% this was their first time to use a computer. Also worked with leading organisation such as Microsoft, Google, Mpesa Foundation, Data Dimension among other partners.

Author: Caleb Ndaka | Green Member @iHub


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