Kenya’s population is made up of mostly youth who are unemployed and are under the age of 25, according to statistics from The World Bank.
And 24-year-old Audrey Cheng is attempting to change that reality.
Cheng, who was originally raised in Maryland, moved to Nairobi three years ago to work for a global fund. It was then that she realized that Kenyan entrepreneurs were struggling to find talent for positions within their companies.
“I went to colleges and universities and a lot of these training programs in Kenya and I talked to students, I talked to professors and I tried to understand where was the problem,” said Cheng. “Computer science specifically, was being taught in a very theoretical way, the technology they were teaching was very outdated… they were teaching like lecturing and that’s not how you learn how to code.”
Enter the Moringa School.
“Moringa is not your typical school,” said John Mutavi, 26, who has dreams of becoming a web developer. “We don’t have lecturers that come in front [of the classroom] and teach you stuff. We do peer programming where we learn in pairs. We’re given content and we go through it.”
The Moringa School teaches youth useful tools to become engineers. Ultimately, Mutavi wants to start a tech company to assist his community.
The school originally was comprised of mostly men, but soon realized that it needed to shift its focus to include women in the STEM industry. They’re reportedly launching a boot camp at the end of the year.
“A lot of women don’t consider tech a career option in Kenya,” Director of Operations, Stacey Ondimu said. “So, at Moringa School we’re really trying to bring awareness, expose them to the tech industry early enough.”
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