what is KiBO?
The KiBO Foundation—Giving Back—Self Powering Aid
The innovative KiBO Foundation establishes local, social enterprises focused on developing skills and unleashing the capacity of our youth. Training in applied internet, communication and technology (“ICT”) skills is the foundation we create to nurture and develop leadership abilities. Graduates are empowered and encouraged to give back to their communities contributing to our goal of self sustainability.
KiBO’s track record to date has been exceptional. We operate in areas where unemployment exceeds 80%, yet 90% of our students find employment upon graduation. We are very proud of the fact that students are actively building capacity within their communities and many are going on to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.
KiBO targets youth between 18 and 30 years of age. It’s an equal opportunity program open to eligible young men and women including those that are out of school, unemployed, disabled or unskilled.
The program covers but is not limited to foundational ICT skills, project and financial management skills, and skills related to community development and entrepreneurship. The current in-house program is 15 weeks long and we are currently (October 2010) in our ninth class which is made up of 56 participants.
What We Seek
The KiBO program seeks to equip youth with skills critical for success in the work place by bridging the gap between formal education and the realities of the workplace. Practical ICT skills and tools are an enabler in this process and the emphasis is on relevant experiences through the unique KiBO 7 pillars pedagogy. We strive to engage the youth in their communities.
Short term goals
- • Increase the program capacity from 56 to 100 students which will require an increase in the number of computers and trainers to maintain the quality and standards of the program.
- • Generate more local income to sustain the activities of the program.
- • Invite more funding partners to expedite the attainment of critical mass.
Long term goals
- • Use the KiBO model to influence educational and vocational policy in East Africa.
- • Set up regional satellite centers in East Africa.