Nyendo Lernen and NairoBits have partnered for the last 2 years, having set up a digital skills training center in Kengemi to train young people for greater employment opportunities. The center also empowers the larger community by exposing them to digital skills, ensuring they can tap into opportunities in this digital era.
My visit started in Chemnitz and, thereafter, Prien and Rosenheim. Not one to be deterred by the winter cold, I immersed myself in the different Waldorf school communities learning from both the teachers and the students. For example, the Nyendo program students run entrepreneurship projects that raise money to support schools in the informal urban settlements of Kangemi. The projects range from making and selling handmade crafts, jewelry, and clothes to organizing events like concerts and food fairs. These projects not only raise money to support schools in Kangemi but also teach the students valuable entrepreneurship skills they can use in the future. I was impressed by the students commitment and passion for their projects and, more so, by their desire to make an impact.
The visit culminated in a retreat on Frauenchiemsee Island, where my hosts and I reflected on the past year and planned for the new one. The Kenyan team joined the retreat online, and culture was exchanged through songs and sharing experiences. The students took the lead in defining the projects, and I was impressed by their ideas and their level of engagement.
As they chatted about the way forward for 2023, they agreed that a more interactive form of communication between the students was needed. They also discussed the possibility of engaging in joint projects to strengthen the bond between the students of the Waldorf schools in Germany and the students in Kangemi, Kenya.
Despite the cold weather, I enjoyed magnificent views of the mountains and was grateful for the warm reception I received throughout my stay from everyone I met.