Yesterday we shared the story of our first computer lab. While our focus is very narrow (we don’t do anything but computer classes), it takes a lot to run computer classes.
Every school day, from 8 AM to 4 PM, our computer labs are completely full of kids (we don’t have empty seats). We’ve found that the secret to a successful computer lab is having dedicated educators supervising the class. We are so serious about effective and equitable classes that our team meets virtually every day, and trains after classes and on weekends.
Let me tell you about some of our first teammates. Dogo Flower (pictured second from the right, with the smile) overheard me asking for young graduates who were good with kids. Dogo is a self-starter, so he was at work early the next day with a proposal.
On Dogo’s first day of work, he was a perfect fit. But wait, there’s more! He composed a full “TechLit Africa” song, and offered to produce a music video for us. If you haven’t seen the music video yet, you really should! It's on our YouTube channel, called "TechLit Africa" with Dogo Flower.
We grew from 3 members to 20 within just a few weeks. Dogo has helped us find most of our team. To nobody’s surprise, everyone he’s brought in has been dedicated, kind and talented.
We expect more than most jobs would, we expect them to be founders like us. When they have problems, they find solutions and when they see opportunities, they seize the day.
Next year, we need to grow our team again. We will need somewhere between 150 and 200 full-time team members in Kenya to take on another 100 classrooms. It may seem like a lot, but not when you compare it to the 40,000 children who’s lives we will be changing forever.