Skype brings teaching lifeline to youth in Kenya refugee camp

Koen Timmers, a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow from Belgium, is teaming up with teachers across the globe and using Skype in Project Kakuma to help educate African refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

During the calls, a global teacher presents classes that include science, math and art to the student refugees, writes Timmers in a guest post on the Skype Social Good Blog. Students have taken lessons by teachers from the U.S., Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, India, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Israel and many other countries in the past two months.

“Why is it so important to do all we can to educate these students? The Kakuma refugees are not able to leave the camp,” Timmers writes. “Through Skype calls, we are unlocking their world. We show that we care and increase their level of education, which then leads to greater chances of a new life away from the camp.”

Read TImmers’ post on the Skype Social Good Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff