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BIG NEWS: 1MillionStartups partners with Coder Maker to launch Mothers2Mothers coding program

This new Coder-Maker program will enable mothers in Kenya to learn how to code using the Raspberry Pi, thus opening up new employment and money-making opportunities for them. The program starts with the social enterprise Maasai Duka with the support of 1MillionStartups East Africa.

18.10.2018.

 

1MillionStartups partners with Coder-Maker

to launch the Mothers2Mothers coding training program in Kenya and Africa

 

This new Coder-Maker program will enable mothers in Kenya to learn how to code using the Raspberry Pi, thus opening up new employment and money-making opportunities for them. The program starts with the social enterprise Maasai Duka with the support of 1MillionStartups East Africa.

Beirut/Vienna/Nairobi 18 November 2018:  Coder Maker (from IEA), the innovative social enterprise bringing programming and making to people aged 8 to 88 around the world has announced today a partnership with 1MillionStartups and 1MillionStartups East Africa to teach coding, making and entrepreneurship using the Raspberry Pi's to thousands of mothers, first in Kenya and then across the entire continent. 

Through its partnership with 1MillionStartups, the "Mothers2Mothers" program is launched with Maasai Duka, first in Kenya and then throughout Africa.  Coder Maker will teach the first 10 "Mamas" from Maasai Duka tribe, who have been earning their living by weaving to enable their children to go to school.

The pioneering approach of the Mothers2Mothers program will transform this group of mothers enabling them to be digitally literate and inventive and to pass it on to their children, all the while earning much higher wages as coders, makers, and programmers and even using these skills to sell their wares in e-commerce better, should they choose to do so.

The program could totally change the perception and role of women in remote locations. “Empowering women to use technology to better their lives and the lives of their families have been in my focus since my first investment in satellites,” says Candace Johnson, 1MillionStartups Advisory Board Member and President Emeritus European Business Angel Network who initiated this partnership. “I met the founder of Maasai Duka at the 1MillionStartups Global Conference mid-September and immediately committed the first 50 Raspberry Pi computers”.

Coder Maker first started training on coding and making five years ago in Lebanon when they used Raspberry Pi's to teach 10 to 15 years’ old kids how to code and to train their peers to do the same.  This initiative gave way to UNICEF putting learning through programming with the Raspberry Pis into Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon.  It also led to a partnership between Foundation Mouna Bustros and International Education Association, which developed the Coder-Maker program for students under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a plan to roll-out the program to all public schools in Lebanon.

1MillionStartups is a globally influential community in support of entrepreneurs and startups who are dedicated to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  1MillionStartups currently supports 600 members from 65 countries.  It is a peer-to-peer network which empowers entrepreneurs around the world to share experiences, support each other and connect with global key players.  The pioneering approach enables partnerships with an organization like UNIDO, corporates, foundations and private investors to create sustainable impact through entrepreneurship.  The partnership with Coder Maker is an excellent example of innovative programs and strategies used to connect the yet unconnected. 

Maasai-Duka is a fair trade social enterprise dedicated to developing opportunities for artisans especially mothers from villages and slums to use their traditional Maasai craft and create sustainable income for their families. Today 627 artisans are connected and more than 5.000 families supported.

1MillionStartups East Africa Chapter will celebrate its first anniversary next month with already two batches in their accelerator program supporting East African startups.

Coder-Maker is a non-profit initiative that empowers youth and women from 8 to 88 to impact their world hands-on through coding and making to design, create, and promote their own innovations and make a positive change in their communities and the world.  In this wonderful journey, they code, create their own innovations, manipulate electronic components, collect and analyze data, and tell their stories through text, pictures, and videos. Outstanding participants create their own startups, make their innovations a reality in the program’s Factory and raise funds to take it to the world in the Entrepreneur’s accelerator phase.  In schools, educators follow the Coder-Maker pedagogy through professional development courses which integrate STEM, coding, making, problem-solving and design thinking skills in learning.

 


For more information, please contact:

1MillionStartups

Helena Rosandic at hello@1millionstartups.com or +436648428352

Become a member: www.1millionstartups.com

Talk to us: hello@1millionstartups.com
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Coder Maker

Eliane Metni at coder-maker@iea.org.lb  +961 1 219 049

Communicate with us: coder-maker@iea.org.lb

Instagram: @coder_maker

 

 

Maasai Duka

Duncan Kaloi, duncankaloi@gmail.com

www.maasaiduka.org

 

 

 


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