Brenda Nyakoa had every reason to believe her future lay in the corporate world upon completing a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nairobi.
But when the reality of life in a corporate workplace environment set in, Nyakoa — who now holds a fellowship as part of FabLearn, led by TC’s Paulo Blikstein — found herself drawn to education technology, a burgeoning sector that had begun introducing young Kenyans to a “different kind of learning.”
“I saw kids with no hope,” Nyakoa recalls of her early days as a volunteer and intern in a makerspace. “Now, I see their genius.”
The genius emerges in the STEM design workshops and boot camps developed and facilitated by Nyakoa in her capacity as a program associate with Global Minimum, a non-profit that sponsors learning programs in Kenya and Sierra Leone.