About TechLit Africa
TechLit Africa, short for Technologically Literate Africa, is an American 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Nelly Cheboi and Tyler Cinnamon.
Rural Africans lack opportunities to make a living.
We equip kids in primary schools with digital skills, because digital skills can provide global opportunities.
Progress & Plans
In 2021, we expanded to 10 primary schools around Mogotio, Kenya, to begin working with over 4,000 students.
Now we are expanding to 100 more schools throughout Kenya, to begin working with another 40,000 students.
We have a unique approach to starting and running computer classes, designed to address issues we’ve seen in Kenyan computer classes and issues our advisors have seen across the world in the last few decades.
Schools provide a secure room and pay a fee for our service, which includes a full-time educator and a working computer lab.
We hire and train our own educators to teach classes in their own communities. All TechLit classes are taught by TechLit educators.
Effective Computer Lessons
We guarantee that schools receive quality computer classes. To do that, we decide the type and amount of computers to install. We never donate computers, so it's our responsibility to maintain and replace computers.
Behind The Scenes
A few things happen outside the classroom in order for us to guarantee that students are learning, and that computers are being used effectively.
Hub & Spoke Model
In order for us to ensure quality classes and working computers, we must have an office nearby with administrative staff that doubles as a warehouse. Each office, or “hub”, services many schools, or “spokes''.
Even the best computer set up in the world needs technical support. Every hub has a full-time staff member to troubleshoot, update software and repair computers.
To inspire students to take charge of their own learning and display the potential of computer skills, we have full-time “specialists” who rotate between schools.
In order to impact more students, we partner with specific communities and community-focused organizations. In exchange for computer classes in their community, partners financially support operations in those schools.
Cost of Operations
The cost of operating in each community differs, based on the cost of living, the distance between schools and the cost of internet connection.
Minimum Viable Impact
In order to begin computer classes in any area, we must reach enough students to justify the cost of opening a new hub.
A Future of Sustainability
We want communities to become self-sufficient, and our community partners share that goal. We hope that over time, communities become able to take on the cost of our program.
If you’d like to become a community partner, here are a few steps you can take today.
Share Your Story
Please, share your story and show us your community. You can email us at email@example.com, or find us on social media.
Visit A TechLit Hub
There is no better way to understand our program than visiting a hub while school is in session. By visiting, you see what our computer classes are like, what it really means to start a new hub, and just how lean our program is.
List Prospective Schools
Before we can start a new hub, we need agreements with between 5 and 12 nearby schools. You can make the process of starting a hub faster by sharing a list of schools you can support, and finding other schools in your area ready to pay for computer classes.
Watch Our CNN Heroes Feature
This video by CNN explains the story behind TechLit through the eyes of our founder Nelly Cheboi.