The 1 Slum 100 Computers project was a program designed to provide free computer training
and entrepreneurship mentoring for disadvantaged youth in the Eastern Nairobi slums and
informal settlements, in sessions over a period of 6 months which eventually led to the
beneficiaries designing of a profitable computer-based business.
At completion of the training and mentorship, each group was then to receive a loan package of
basic equipment worth an amount not exceeding Ksh.250,000, for their business plan. On top
of that, they were to receive project personnel to work with them for the business
development until the loan is fully repaid. For self-sustainability, the program required loan
repayment with interests of 12 and 15% if paid within 12 months and 24 months respectively.
The project started its implementation on November 3rd, 2014 with the following three youth groups participating in the program as the first (pilot) bunch, also known as, Class I:
New Generation Outreach- Mathare
Big Achievers Self Help Group- Kariobangi South and
Kayole Catholic Youth Group.
Within 6 months, the participants, with help of their mentors were expected to complete all 9
lessons with each lesson taking at least two weeks for completion. Unfortunately the Kayole
Catholic Youth Group and New Generation Outreach Group were dropped from the program in
their third month and fifth month respectively due to their failure to complete lessons on time
and lack of group team work consistency which was identified as critical to the success of all
project segments and running of a business.
In 2015 the Big Achievers Self Help-Group (BASH-G) successfully graduated from 1 slum 100
Computers Project’s Class I; out of the three groups selected, after completing all project
segments and designing a profitable computer-based business. The BASH Group was formed in
May 2013 with the view of bridging the existing gap in the digital world in Kariobangi slum
estates, by providing reliable internet and computer hardware services that promote
community involvement in digital communication to Kariobangi residents and at an affordable
price. The group created the Business Elevator Pitch: a business that provides computer and
internet services in Kariobangi South’s slum estates through cyber café business services such
as internet browsing, typing, printing, scanning, photocopying and computer training at
affordable and friendly price.
With the project’s Class I participants successfully graduating, ITF embarked on journey to
search and select other suitable youth groups to participate in the project’s second cycle known
as Class II.
In 2016 the Excellent Youth Group from Kariobangi South was chosen to be part of the 1 Slum
100 Computers. The group was extremely enthusiastic about opening a friendly interactive one-
on-one studio for recording artists. The group’s vision was to make their recording artists feel
like part of the brand and be more aggressive in the creative industry and writing of music. They
were also interested in the creation and management of an online radio and website, where
they would market and advertise artists’ and clients’ products to promising customers. Also in
their vision was a plan to create and organize events so that their recorded artists would
market themselves to a larger market.
In 2017, 3 members from Bright Deaf Group from Kibera enrolled for the 1 Slum 100 Computers
in April. However, by August, all three participants dropped out of the program. This caused ITF
to evaluate the project and its success and it was decided that the objectives of the project
weren’t being met. This led to the closing of the project.
2. BEE Project
The BEE Project was a capacity building project that brought together a global partnership from
13 different organizations from 4 different continents with the aim to tackle youth
unemployment by bridging together the educational sector, labour market, youth and public
institutions and enabling young people to undergo work-based learning periods.
The project partners were:
International transformation Foundation-Kenya
Asociata Europanet- Romania
Cerebral De Coimbra APCC-Portugal
Citizen In Power-Cyprus
Etica Da Terra- Brazil
Europe House Slavonski Brod-Croatia
Koinoniki Anaptyksi Neon- Greece
The Volunteer Centre-South Africa
VSI Socialiniu Inovaciju Centras-Lithuania
(Photo Courtesy of the BEE Project Facebook Page)
This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Objectives of the Project:
The BEE Project ended in September 2017 having met the following objectives:
Fostering cooperation, exchange of knowledge and capacity development in the field of
work-based learning mobility between the partner countries;
Creating and reinforcing synergies between the formal education sector, the non-formal
education sector and the labour market setting up an environment for cross-sectorial
cooperation for youth employability;
Providing the participating youth organizations with guidance and tools for bridging the
sectors and and creating an empowering environment for work-based learning;
Creating new tools and methods that promote work-based learning mobility as a
complimentary education path in order to support boosting employability of young
Supporting and facilitating creation of cross-sectorial networking on a global level thus
setting up space for creation of new work-based learning mobility opportunities for young
These objectives were met through the following project activities:
International Seminar in Bologna; Italy- 17th to 26th July 2016
This seminar aimed at fostering capacity building of the consortium and providing
participating organizations with tools and knowledge on raising an awareness campaign
about the need of cross-sectorial cooperation for youth employability in their
Lucky Mwachi, one of three people who represented ITF during this seminar, had this to
say about her experience:
“The BEE Project International Seminar in Bologna was a life changing experience for me.
I always thought Kenya was the worst hit when it came to the challenge of youth
unemployment but the conference opened my eyes to the fact that youth unemployment
is a global issue. I learnt a lot from YouNet and how it has successfully acted as a bridge
between various key sectors and I hope to replicate the same in my time as a volunteer
at ITF Kenya and even afterwards. I was also inspired to be an ambassador of Work Based
Learning and VET (Vocational Education Training) in Kenya since it is one of the major keys
in addressing youth unemployment.”
National Awareness Raising Campaigns
This stage was implemented by partners based on the knowledge gained during the seminar
and the structure framework that they developed. Here at ITF we implemented this stage by
holding a Conference on the topic “worked based learning”. This was done in December 2016 at
YMCA Center in Nairobi . The audience targeted for the Conference was mainly Youth
throughout the Kenyan society, especially University students and VET students. The Conference
aimed to bring together partners from different sectors, namely Employers, Universities, VET
institutions, NGOs and the public authorities (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth). Those
were invited as guest speakers in order to highlight their aspects in regards to Worked Based
learning. Apart from encouraging discussion about the importance and new possibilities of
WBL, the purpose of the Conference was also to boost employers and other stakeholders to
increase their efforts in providing WBL and to learn from new innovative approaches, mainly
implemented by NGOs.
Job-Shadowing in Younet
YouNet hosted 12 job shadowers in October 2016. Job-shadowers were to follow
YouNet’s daily work and learn every step in supporting apprenticeship placement for
ITF sent Tony Githinji for this activity. With knowledge gained from this activity, Tony was
able to come back to Kenya and support apprenticeship placement for students in Kenya.
He also learnt how to establish cross-sectorial networking on local and international
Establishment of Networking on Local Level
This was a continuation of activities at stage two of the project. ITF chose to hold a
National Conference in Nairobi at YMCA on Friday, December 9, 2016. This conference
was attended by university students in schools across the country. The theme of
discussion was ‘State of Youth Employment linked with WBL (Work Based Learning), VET
(Vocational Education Training) and Apprentice Policies in Kenya.’
Each partner was expected to set up space for sustaining networking among schools and
This phase aimed at gathering information for creation of the manual on bridging cross-
sectorial cooperation for apprenticeship and measuring networking created on local levels.
This was done by sending one key staff member of YouNet to each of the partners’
country to conduct a research on local contexts, gather information on the situation in
the field of work-based mobility, support partners with feedback upon realized
networking and start analysis of the best practices.
Barbara Bruno, then president of YouNet , visited ITF for the study visit.
The manual was made and was addressed to youth NGOs and it held all the information
gathered throughout the study visits. This manual entailed information about the
different Work Based learning systems that are present in the participating countries’.
With this information different countries could borrow a leaf or two from other countries’
systems and try and enforce them in their own. A copy of this manual is available for download.
Final Seminar in Philippines-21st to 28th August 2017
This final seminar involved partners evaluating achievements of created networks,
preparing a comprehensive presentation of the project outcomes and forming a
memorandum for establishment of the multi-stakeholders’ platform. Representing ITF
were Paulin Uwitonze and Fridah Ndoro.
Local Dissemination Event
During this last activity, partners got to present the results of the project.
The Local Dissemination Event in Nairobi was held at the PCEA Kiukenda Church with an
attendance of 41 youth on November 19, 2017.
This marked the end of the BEE Project.
3. Read Project
READ:REDUCING SOCIAL EXCLUSION THROUGH A CREATIVE APPROACH TO READING.
Youth illiteracy is still rife in many countries around the world. According to statistics, globally, 124
million children and young adolescents are not in school or they drop out before completing the full
course of basic education. Therefore the READ project and its partners share the mission to enhance the
participation of youth and disadvantaged learners to society, promoting inclusive education and
equality. This project is fully committed to constantly explore new youth work approaches and
methodologies. The project draws its origin from the long engagement for the empowerment of young
people through non-formal learning.
AIMS OF READ PROJECT
The aim of READ project is to promote reading to young people in an integrated and creative manner.
Through local and mobility activities, the project addresses the problem of illiteracy, the risk of school
dropout & the lack of interest that young people have towards reading. Targeting those marginalized
youngsters, READ will stimulate the interest in reading as a way to open up the imagination, using nonformal
methodologies, offering cultural & creative activities.
OBJECTIVES OF READ PROJECT.
Promoting and improving the quality of youth work to engage with young people in learning by supporting the development of creative-reading environments to fight against illiteracy and risk of early school leaving.
Enhancing the continuing socio-professional development of youth workers thanks to a mix of local activities, international non-formal learning mobility (TC and job shadowing) and exchange between organizations from Programme and Partner countries.
Improving the achievement of key competences of young people at risk of social exclusion, poverty and marginalization.
Promoting open and innovative education, training and youth work thanks to the creation of an OER which will include the learning/training and creative materials developed thanks to projects activities and suggestions.
Boosting the networking and promote cooperation among youth organizations from Programme and Partner countries discovering and sharing good practices in the field of non-formal education, literacy and arts.
Kick-off Meeting ( KOM)- 4 days in Palermo- Italy
A four (4) days meeting in Palermo will be led by CSC Danilo Dolci. The meeting
will involve10 participants (2 staff per partner). The KOM aim is to build up the
project team, discovering deeply the local context from each partner, planning
all the project activities, timeline, financial and administrative issues and
establishing tasks (state of art, selection of youth workers, TC modules).
For the follow up, CSC Danilo will prepare a KOM report, including all the
information, internal procedure and steps to be followed during the whole
State of Art
Preparation: CSC Danilo will prepare a template that will guide the partners to
lead research at the local level.
Implementation: Each partner will lead its own research consisting, the state of
the art on literacy/ early school leaving rates at national and local level, the
major obstacles faced by youngsters to learning according to different
backgrounds and attitude, a collection of national good practices based on nonformal
approach to promote reading, the potential use of social networks and
social reading as tools to foster reading for youngsters, identification of key
books ( specific parameters will be shared defined by partners) be used as basis
for projects' activities.
Finalization: CSC Danilo will put together partners' researchers in a joint
document summarizing main results.
International Training Course (TC) on Reading and Creativity for non-formal Education (8
days in the project countries).
Preparation: CSC Danilo, in collaboration with all partners will design the
different sessions and prepare logistics (accommodation, support the partners
for travel and VISA etc.)
8 Day TC in Palermo/ Italy: 30 youth workers will be trained in innovative artbased
methodologies to work with youngsters in order to increase literacy level
and promoting motivation to reading and learning. Results of the state of the art
will be shared as basis to joint work for exchange and improve work
methodologies for local activities and next project's steps. A public event open
to local community will be included to raise visibility of the project's activities
and local awareness on the issues faced.
Follow-up Activities: CSC Danilo, in collaboration with all partners will collect all
inputs that came out from the TC in an easy toolkit which will be the basis for
implementing the local activities, the ground work for the development of the
Open education resource (OER), as a final output of the project.
Local Activities (6 months, Project countries).
Preparation: Each partner will set up at least 3 local teams (LTs) each one
composed by 4 members (with whom at least 1 Youth worker-YW who took
part in the TC and other participants will be 3 youngsters interested in project's
issue and/or working with young people in local youth centres and with artistic
Creative-reading working Laboratories: Aimed at increasing the appeal of the
educational path, each LT will work to develop educational activities supporting
reading through arts and develop outputs, tools and methodologies to be used
in the following Local Educational Activities.
Local Educational Activities: Supported by each partner, each LT will test the
works realized, different encounters with young people, especially those with
fewer opportunities, marginalized and/or at risk of school leaving. They will
deliver them in educational youth centres, open spaces, libraries, and
bookshops etc using the methodology learned.
Local Contest: Each partner will organize a one day local final event during
which the creative-reading activities elaborated by LTs will be voted. The hosted
job shadowers will be part of the jury members.
Job Shadowing (15 days, Project countries).
Preparatory Activities: YW from all the partnerships will be selected and
prepared for a job shadowing at the project's country.
15-Day Mobility: YW will visit the local activities of the hosting organization,
discover local realities and local educational centres dealing with youngsters
with fewer opportunities, exchanging good practices and promoting
READ International Workshop and Festival(7 days in Wien- Austria)
LTs winner of the Local Contests will take part in the International Workshop
and Festival, proving support to other partners (travel, VISA, insurance etc.).
CSC/RIS Mansion Rakican will select one external expert each to contribute to
the delivery of higher quality activity.
READ International Workshop and Festival + Final Partners' Meeting
The 7 day contest will consist of:
a). 5-day workshop attended by each winning LTs from partners' country. The
activity will give the opportunity to work in intercultural/transnational
teams to develop intercultural READ creative products/activities
encompassing the different cultures.
b). 2-day International Festival which will give the opportunity to present the
READ creative products/activities developed and debate about the
educational approach followed during the project.
Open Educational Resource (OER)
CSC Danilo will set up the OER structure.
The development of OER continues including the educational product/activities
developed through the creative-reading laboratories by LTs once having been
finalized with local educational activities. Finally, also the products of the READ
International workshop will be included. Project partners will prepare tutorials,
manuals and other educational material that will explain how to realize creative
works with books.
Launch and dissemination: After a presentation of the draft of the OER during
READ festival, each partner will launch and disseminate the finalized OER.
Centro per lo SvilluppoCreativo "Danilo Dolci" (CSC Danilo Dolci) - Italy.
Research and Educational Centre Mansion Rakican (RIS Mansion Rakican) – Slovenia.
Amadeus Verein Fur TransitionaleBildung (Amadeus Association) – Austria.
International Transformation Foundation (ITF) – Kenya.
JeevanrekhaParishad (JRP) - India
4. Leadership and Entrepreneurship training
The ITF Leadership and entrepreneurship trainings Consist of Debates, forums, seminars and camps giving youth's life didactic principles providing with rigorous, intensive instructions that shoves them to expand their boundaries of knowledge .These youth experience an intellectual and spiritual growth which molds them into great leaders and entrepreneurs.
a) ITF Debate
Hosted annually, the ITF debate is a competition and a concrete place for change and Transformation of youth through the exchange of ideas in a persuasive and argumentative manner. On selected topical theme crucial for youth development related to Leadership & entreprenusrhip . Between Youth attending as Debaters or spectators from different life status, levels, countries etc, being up lighted and updated by Guest Lecturers-accomplished men and women and softened wholeheartedly by young great artists.
Hosted binary, the ITF Global Youth Camp is a fellowship and union of various nationalities and different cultural identities to develop a global mindset, sharing profound ideas and essential experiences. ITF Global Youth Camp run for a week and it consists of programs and training directed at self development and heaps of entertaining episodes. As the youths (University, college and High School students and non students) experience various programs such as Global Youth Symposium, diverse Cultural performances set through health and International Cohesion. The Participants discover the realm of closeness of the heart and life beyond boundaries by realizing that the youth problems basically have same characteristics thought their image my differ. Through ITF Global Youth Camp, the youths who were trapped by the narrow framework of their minds are freed into becoming people of great purpose and purity.
C) Forums & Seminars
Conducted regularly in various institutions and communities around the world. ITF Leadership and entrepreneurship forums and seminars consist on imparting youths with Leadership and entrepreneurship principles of accomplished men and women. The subjects to inspire youths to use their self potential for their Bright Future such as self-discipline, self-control, time management, Transformational Leadership, Success and motivation, financial independence etc.