The ISSP 3-Year Strategic Plan outlines the Africa Link Initiative, a sequential multi-phase education and training program focused on enhancing students’ international education awareness, knowledge and skills, starting in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), with partnership schools based in the US.
Our multi-phase pilot approach includes the establishment of NGO partnerships, conducting a school needs assessment, and follow-up with infrastructure development needs (see Power Africa Schools, below). A final phase includes shared environmental curriculum development and youth entrepreneurship training.
Schools in the Africa Link program will be selected based on specific set of criteria and availability of a local NGO partner, having the capacity to provide financial oversight, IT tech support and curricula development.
Participating Africa Link program teachers will share and explore curricula modules with a menu of natural resource and environment topic options:
- Agriculture and natural resource management
- Water management including marine studies
- Wildlife natural history
- Climate change
As this education program develops, entrepreneurship and job skill training modules will also be included.
The focus of Africa Link is to introduce schools via the Internet and nurture curiosity and appreciation between students and teachers living in very different cultures. Students and teachers participating in Africa Link will gain cross-cultural awareness about the personal lives and learning conditions of their counterparts, while enhancing their academic curriculum.
Power Africa Schools
“Power Africa” is an ambitious U.S. government initiative to upgrade Africa’s power grid, meeting a significant infrastructure development need throughout the continent. ISSP will support the Power Africa initiative with Power Africa Schools, specifically addressing electricity development needs within rural and semi-rural areas, benefitting schools with a reliable source of ‘off-grid’ electricity for education enrichment programs based on internet connections.
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