Computer for Kids International, Inc. (COKI) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated under Virginia State Law on the 23rd day of July 2018. COKI’s goal is to use technology as the core tool to build a strong educational foundation for children in under-resourced African countries and thereby ensure for them a successful career and a better life. COKI’s goal supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal IV – to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. In an effort to achieve this goal, we seek to identify and move computers and other educational technologies and resources from where they are in abundance to where they are scarce or do not exist. COKI will also develop and operate a school system that blends traditional curriculum with competence-based education to make young graduates marketable or self employable.
Till All Is Gold
Till all is gold is our mental approach to striving to achieve excellence in all we do as an organization. It is the height at which our success as an organization is being measured. Key indicators of success as an organization include:
- Building a strong team of professionals and volunteers who are driven by the passion of service to humanity;
- Living the full meaning of the core values that COKI as a team of professionals and volunteers ascribe to;
- Leading an innovative solution to children's education, using technology as the core tool, and enhancing greater performance of students and teachers in using the tool to improve teaching and learning.
To be the premier institution for education reform in Africa
To mobilize computers and other educational technologies and resources for children in under-resourced African countries to improve teaching and learning
being open and answerable. We exist solely as a platform or the connection between the helper and helpee. Therefore, we are answerable to both parties and a fundamental way to do so is to be transparent in our dealings.
being honest to ourselves even when others are not on the lookout. We believe in ourselves and hold ourselves accountable to the standards and principles we ascribe to in the spirit of love, unity, and justice.
being at the best in what we do. We believe that to gain the confidence of our supporters, partners, and the public, responsibility in what we do and how do it matters.
being able to create alternative ideas and implement those ideas into workable programs and activities to achieving operational results, and adapting in our operations to changing needs and best practices
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to COKI’s activities. We believe that only varied perspectives from a diverse team can generate and implement the bold ideas required to improve teaching and learning for every kid.
Why We Exist?
Many children in Sub Saharan Africa are not in school, and female children constitute a higher proportion of them. The UNESCO institute of statistics recent reports shows that for every 5 children between the ages of 6-11, 1 child is not in school. This out of school number is also true for every 3 children between the ages of 12-14. For many reasons, more girls (23% of them) are out of primary school compare to 19% of boys. But children being out of school is not the only problem. Children in school are being thought under extremely unconducive learning environment and by inadequate and often unqualified teachers. These two factors compounded by hunger and malnutrition-induced short attention span are leading to poor learning outcome for children and threatening their chances of lifting themselves and families from poverty. The school system that delivers education to most of the African children is not transparent and accountable in managing school resources and tracking and monitoring the progress in learning outcomes of students.
In this 21st century, when digital has been added to reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundation for learning, there is an extremely high and unacceptable rate of digital literacy and technology poverty among students, teachers, and school administrators. The closest many students have come to computers is by seeing the pictures and this is true for many of their teachers and school administrators. If nothing is done differently and urgently to bring and keep students in conducive schools that are staffed by qualified and competent teachers and administered with the help of technology to improve teaching, enhance education, and improved learning outcomes, many children in Sub Saharan Africa will grow unproductive, poor, and pass on poverty to their next generations.