Kakuma Refugee Camp houses 200,000 people who fled from war and hunger in Sudan, Congo, Somalië, Burundi,… . The camp counts 3 schools, without power supply and lack of schoolbooks.
In 2015 Koen Timmers started project Kakuma. He decided to send his own laptop and created a global community of 375 educators across the world. These teachers now offer free Skype lessons.
Education is more than pouring pure knowledge (science, English, Math) into students, so the project also allows children from across the world to connect with refugees and chat about culture, hobbies, habits and religion. This intercultural exchange allows teachers to bring empathy into their classrooms.
Over the past few years project Kakuma was able to install 20 laptops, a solar suitcase and internet infrastructure in 3 schools. At this very moment they are working hard to construct their own an Innovation Lab School in collaboration with The Maggie program. Education is extremely important, not only in Kakuma. So in september 2018 Dr. Jane Goodall and Koen Timmers decided to work together and developed three Innovation Lab Schools in Tanzania and Congo. More schools will be built Rio De Janeiro, Morocco, Argentinia, Palestina, South-Africa,… .