The Kenya Beehive features global best practice and highly localized content on money management, health, employment, education and agriculture. Written in Swahili, the Kenya Beehive was launched in 2009. In 2010, OGE worked with local health nonprofit, AfriAfya, and local media company, DigPro to develop and produce an informational video series on HIV/AIDS, which is hosted on the Kenya Beehive.
Digital Literacy Training- Center Managers & Community Connectors
As part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), OGE supported the development of 10 Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs) in Kenya through capacity building trainings in digital literacy and business management, providing a social network for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and solving problems, and developing customizable websites (called MyCKC) for each center to own. Most recently, OGE, together with CGI partners, Cisco, Appleseeds Academy, Inveneo and UN Habitat, launched two new CKCs in the Kibera Slums in conjunction with the Kenya government initiative to transition residents out of poverty.
OGE and CGI partners also launched its Community Connectors program for youth in technology and leadership in March 2012. The program has been implemented at several Kenyan CKCs.
CKC Impact in Kenya:
- 800 students and school staff at the Kogere School now use the Internet and other services provided by their local CKC
- 280 teachers have completed basic IT training at the Pala CKC
- Local park rangers at the Masai Mara Game Reserve were promoted and are now advancing in their careers after becoming certified in ICT at the Sekenani CKC
Fostering Civic Journalism
One Global Economy developed a training program in community journalism to empower young, aspiring journalists in rural communities with skills in digital editing and publishing. Youth participants in Kenya have learned to utilize online tools to create quality, community-focused content, adding value to their CKCs’ individualized community portals and expanding upon their journalistic portfolios to include online publications. Kenyan journalist participants have created content on local issues such as wildlife conservation and helped to advertise youth programs offered at their CKCs.