Our new Training Model

Since inception, our greatest philosophy has been in learning by doing and listening to what the market needs versus what our students ought to be trained. On 24th January 2017, we started a new journey  welcoming the new students joining course one first cohort class of January to March 2017 while graduating the subsequent classes to the next level.

Below is the course outline and training centres for 2017

Course One – Getting Connected Training Centers (Full day classes).

Course objective: An introduction to the computer, internet and design. Getting connected is the first level of the training where students are introduced to the basics of graphic design, internet tools, life-skills and entrepreneurship for a period of ten weeks. Below are the getting connected training centres;

Mukuru Kwa Reuben based in Mukuru trains fifteen students,Youth Initiative Kenya (YIKE) based in Kariobangi trains twenty students and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy based in Kibera trains fifteen students.A total of 50 students’ trained at course one per cohort.

Course Two – Digital Garage (Full day classes)

Course objective: An exploration into the world of digital design and development. Digital Garage is our intermediate class that trains youth in soft-skills, entrepreneurship, web development and graphic design. Below are the Digital Garage training centres;

IECE based in Kariobangi trains twenty students,FHOK based in Eastleigh trains thirty students.A total of 50 students trained at course two levels per cohort.

Course Three – Media Lab

Course objective: A specialization course in digital design and development. At Media Lab, we train a comprehensive course based on different specialization for example web design, graphic design, front end development, branding just to mention but a few. Below are the Media lab training centres;

Koch Hope (girls centre) trains thirty students (January to April 2017),CFK (girls centre) trains thirty students (January to April 2017) and GoDown Arts centre trains thirty students.

Snippet of our new model for training

Course One – Digital Garage; intensive ten weeks in internet, basic graphic design and internet research.

Course two – Digital Garage; intensive three months of training in web design and development.

Course three – Media lab; Intensive three months training in class and three months for internship or freelance assignment.

In the new model, we will cut the number of drop outs at course one level from a massive 40 students to zero. All Course One students will be promoted to the Digital Garage. Selection will happen at the Digital Garage and only successful students will be promoted to the Media lab. We encourage the youth to make all necessary strides in self learning because the ICT field keeps on changing rapidly and unexpectedly. In case you didn’t make it to join Course One 1st cohort, there will be other three cohorts this year and the call for application will be announced on www.nairobits.com/apply

COMING SOON!

We will be introducing a computer lab to train in  MASTERCLASSES  that is open to public at an affordable fee. We will share the update on all our social media platforms.

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World AIDS day

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Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported.

As an organization, NairoBits is committed to end HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030 through working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). We implement Sexual Reproductive Health Rights program that is delivered to create awareness to the young people on their reproductive health and rights. Through the program, youth are taken through the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Referrals where they are linked to Health providers who provide youth friendly services to their communities. With the referrals, the youth are able to access services in reproductive health issues, commodities and counseling including Young People Living with HIV.

With this year’s theme, “Hands up for HIV Prevention” NairoBits acknowledges the peer educators involved in training their peers in the Reproductive Health by highlighting the journey of Grace Wanjiru who is living with HIV but positively contributes to the lives of dis advantaged youth.

“Back in high school, I used to like it when guests could come to our school and talk to us on issues such as ‘how to pass your exams’ and so on. But they focused more on that and forgot about other things. I wished they talked about healthy living, how being HIV positive or having any chronic disease is not a death sentence.

My name is Grace Wanjiru Kamau. I am 23 years of age and living with HIV. For the 23 years I have lived with HIV, I only started taking ARVs in September 2006.10 years later and I am still going stronger each day! With an interest in public speaking in high school, I started volunteering with a local organization in Nairobi called Huru. I went round to different localities and talked about myself and how I am living positively and that was not the end of the world. I also motivated people living with HIV and encouraged them through my talk.

In 2015, I started working with Family Health Option Kenya as an advocate in a project called 3E (empowerment + engagement= equality). In this program, I held online teachings on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Income generating activities (IGAs) and how to live positively. During this time, I enrolled 25 young women and empowered them in using social media. The ladies were rotational in managing the social media pages by moderating discussions on whats App group which was a success. We managed to review this each month by having recreational activities in different parks in Nairobi.

I am also an advocate in Sauti Skika, I represent Nairobi County I was even privileged to attend the annual HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Scientific Conference from 18th-21st, June 2016. Sauti Skika is an organization that brings together people living with HIV to share and encourage one another to come in terms with it. Through Sauti Skika, I joined NairoBits Trust as a student in June 2015, but could not go on with the full time training because of my tight schedule. I later was recruited a s a peer educator in January 2016. As an educator, I have been involved in implementing the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program dubbed WSWM (The World Starts with Me)

I do a lot of advocacy and do referrals in my college and Mathare North Area, which is one of the biggest slums in Nairobi and that is where I live. Recently I started conducting health talks, adherence counseling, follow ups, defaulter tracing and referrals to my peers. I am also the Chair Leader at Mbagathi District Hospital of a self-help group called ‘Ange de la vie’.

It is all evident that I am a fully transformed product of Nairobits. Nairobits has equipped me with Information Technology skills and life skills which I am using to exploit the opportunities which I have in life. Nairobits has built my levels of confidence. I become very bold and ready to face whatever challenge that each day comes with.

My dream in life is to have a foundation for young women living with HIV, because we have been neglected. The foundation will nurture young women and equip them with life skills and educate them. Women in our society needs to be mentored for them to be independent and not vulnerable to the society as there are foundations on women but not much for young women. I would do advocating and train others to be advocates, I will lobby, advocate, referral services, economic empowerment to the young women and health talks inclusive of Sexually Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). I believe I can do this because of the experiences I have had in the past and now.

I wish I had this opportunity when I was growing up and I am hoping that it will be given to the future Young People living With HIV (YPLWHIV) especially women that I will be privileged to nurture.
EDUCATION TO ONE WOMAN IS EDUCATION TO THE WHOLE WORLD”