Trained By Tunapanda
The focus of our institution, Trained by Tunapanda is comprised of our in-house technical, professional, and business training services equipping young people with the skills to solve local and global issues.
We are an educative institution delivering 3 month intensive learning experiences in tech, design, and business. There is no cost to the trainees to learn, and to date we have graduated over 100 young people.
Through our established relationships with local organizations and through our interview, business pitching, and CV coaching, over 85% of our graduates have gained meaningful employment.
There’s a large gender gap in computer science and STEM fields in We provide basic training in tech, customer service, professionalism, and cross cultural communication for organizations and private companies.
There’s a large gender gap in computer science and STEM fields in general, and we look to narrow that gap through our Tech Dada program. We visit local schools and hold workshops to spread interest in computing to young women throughout Nairobi.
We focus on low-cost replicability of training facilities and can offer turnkey solutions for learning. We enable anyone to open schools and create learning experiences in their communities using our unique operating pedagogy, open source tools, offline education networks, and more.
We implement networking solutions to deliver learning materials and software in offline or low-bandwidth environments using cutting edge technologies like mesh networks and IoT.
TunapandaNet is a free wireless network that connects users to educational content like Tunapanda Swag, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and open source MOOCs.
Swag is our free, gamified offline delivery platform where you can create your own curricula and lessons. Click here to access Swag!
Pedagogy and Process
Engaging in peer-to-peer learning, giving frequent presentations, and learning teamwork enables Tunapanda graduates to train others, operate an organization, and even open their own schools. Tunapanda itself is run entirely by graduates!
Produced by Tunapanda is the root of our institution: the proceeds from this section allow us to provide free, offline open source educative materials and to run our Basic Tracks free of cost.
Human Centred Design
We take a human-centred, design-based approach to assist organizations create, market, and sell their products to the East African market.
Video and Sound Editing
With a wide ranging base of technical expertise, we provide professional video and sound editing for films, presentations, music videos, and songs.
We can create professional, crisp, and highly functional websites as well as web, Apple and Android applications.
Design and Branding
Having worked in graphic design, branding, and fashion, we are able to create, edit or advise on how to promote and to make your product stand out.
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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