Reducing E Waste By Re-using IT Assets In Rural African Schools

Program Fee Schedule

We Charge For Computer Classes

The cost of teaching digital skills in schools varies by region. Our program costs roughly 60,000 KES/school per month in Mogotio. For a school of 600 students, that's about 100 KES/student per month, or 300 KES/student per term.

TechLit is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach digital skills to disrupt poverty in rural Africa. We use donations to collect, ship and import donated computers, as well as to develop curriculum and administer digital skills education.

We don't donate computers, or anything else. We only teach effective computer classes, that's why we're good at it. Schools pay their own costs.

Example Fee Breakdown

Here's the average cost of our program in Mogotio from late May, 2022. We do everything we can to lower costs while keeping classes effective.

May 21 - June 11
Program Cost in Mogotio
Avg. 40 classes per week
Avg. 500 students per school
One full-time core educator per school
Staff Earnings
Core Educator12,890 KES
Specialist Educators5,195 KES
Technical Support2,597 KES
Administration1,558 KES
Staff Earnings Total22,750 KES
Support Costs
Staff Benefits904 KES
Transportation11,742 KES
Hub Electricity1,300 KES
Data & Airtime1,392 KES
Supplies & Repair2,010 KES
Other Costs1,220 KES
Support Costs Total18,568 KES
Monthly Cost41,318 KES

Services Included With Computer Classes

TechLit computer classes include many non-negotiable services that ensure our computer classes are effective. These services cost a reasonable amount of money, and cannot be made much cheaper than they are without significantly sacrificing the quality of our program.

Our included services are:

  1. A full-time school lead educator that has been vetted, trained and meets regularly with us.
  2. Rotating specialist educators that share one specific skill with the students.
  3. A tech support team that ensures all computers are working and with a local network.
  4. A local network and enough computers for each student to attend class twice per week.

What Schools Pay For

We do not pay for schools to host computer classes, and we don't donate computers, because we take on the duty of effective use. We are responsible for teaching quality classes, repairing and replacing computers.

For us to achieve our goals, we ask schools to pay for:

  1. One school lead educator who runs the day-to-day computer classes.
  2. Rotating specialist educators who bring inspiration and a specific skill to each school.
  3. Our tech support team that repairs and replaces computers as needed.
  4. The cost of transportation and food for the staff in your school.
  5. The small cost of administrative overhead, which you can verify through our clear record-keeping.

What TechLit Donors Pay For

Our mission is to disrupt poverty in rural Africa, and we believe that redistributing used computers will do that. That's why we focus on getting as many computers into rural Africa as possible.

However, we have seen that tech literacy is lacking, so we are working with schools to teach as many students as possible digital skills. When the students grow up, they will have the skills necessary to uplift their communities.

This is what we provide for free as a nonprofit organization:

  1. Redistributed Used Computers: We collect, ship and import used computers from around the world into rural Africa. We see this cost as the duty of those who donate the computers, so we cannot charge anyone in rural Africa for this service.
  2. Graduated Payments Support: We know that not all schools can afford the educators and tech support required to have a computer classroom. That's why we have donors support a small portion of schools who truly cannot afford the regular cost of teaching classes.

Watch Our CNN Heroes Feature

This video by CNN explains the story behind TechLit through the eyes of our founder Nelly Cheboi.

Questions About TechLit Africa

Why does TechLit charge schools?

We charge schools for the full cost of the program, because we want tech literacy to be a part of school for the long-term. Read more about why we charge schools here.