Growing Human Dignity

Tunapanda Institute grows human dignity by teaching technology,
design, and business skills that enable people to earn an income and engage in creative self-expression.
Learning Experiences

This is our training facility for young adults in Kibera, Nairobi. Trainees spend 3 months full time building a broad base in technology, design, and business skills. This launchpad kick starts careers and provides a launchpad for future specialization.

Distributing Learning

We set up offline computer networks and Mini-PCs like this one to deliver interactive learning software content in East Africa and beyond. Coupled with Tunapanda’s custom software, this allows people to learn even when Internet is expensive and teachers are scarce.

Software and Content

Tunapanda has deployed educational software and content in East Africa since early 2013. We quickly discovered that the existing tools aren’t good enough for local use, so are making our own. This experience gives us an edge even in arenas like the $15M Global Learning XPrize.

Learning By Leading

Tunapanda Institute is now run primarily by former students through our apprenticeship program. As a group we generate revenues and explore models to replicate globally. Graduates find paid internships/jobs in great companies/schools and aspire to become professionals and entrepreneurs.

About Tunapanda Institute

Tunapanda Institute explores how new technologies can solve problems in local contexts with both educational and practical goals.
We are here to spread dignity, respect, and freedom through learning for creative problem solving.
  • MISSION

    Tunapanda Institute exists to spread dignity, respect, and freedom through learning for creative problem solving. TI builds skills in digital technology, collaboration, problem solving, and creative self-expression.

  • Programs

    Tunapanda Institute runs a training center in a large Nairobi slum serving hard-working individuals with 3-4 month intensive training programs. TI forms partnerships with local businesses and community groups to achieve maximal (goal: 100%) employment or advanced study for TI graduates. TI works with educational partners in rural and peri-urban parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to upgrade computer infrastructure, improve software offerings, and develop advanced technology, design, and communication skills. TI favors blended-learning, which empowers teachers and teaching facilitators with software and video content.

  • Exploration & Development

    TI explores how new technologies can solve problems in local contexts with both educational and practical goals. Technologies under investigation include 3D printing, mesh networking, and tools enabling high-impact low-cost digital-era community libraries of the future. TI develops open source software and creates openly-licensed content (in English and Swahili) to enable any individual, community organization, school, or family with computer access to acquire valuable “digital era vocational skills” and discover their own voice and passion

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Education is diverse. A different way of teaching can take you a long way.

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Opportunity to make a change

Help us to spread digital era vocational training and increase personal freedom through self-expression. Currently in under-served East African communities, someday everywhere else too. Every dollar helps. Donations are tax-exempt in the United States under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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