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Global Potential to Empower Disconnected Communities as Learn Appeal Launches e-Learning Capsule in Kenya

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Learn Appeal, the e-learning charity, announces the pilot of its revolutionary offline e-learning initiative in rural Kenya. The launch of the Learn Appeal Capsule in Nyamira, Kenya last month underscores the charity's mission to build skills and empower local disconnected communities who either do not have access to the internet or lack the required purchasing power – common challenges in Kenya and around the world.


Learn Appeal is one of the only organisations in the world which has developed a solution to tackle offline learning. The Learn Appeal Capsule, co-developed with Appitierre, is a Raspberry Pi computer which acts as a stand-alone server and stores e-learning content on an SD card which can be accessed offline through any Wi-Fi responsive device. Learn Appeal has partnered with a registered charity in Kenya, Complitkenya, to provide e-learning to the local community in Nyamira County completely free of charge. Besides providing Capsules to two of Complitkenya’s e-Community Centres, Learn Appeal has also donated a total of 24 low-cost tablets for members of the community. These Wi-Fi enabled devices provide access to the many disadvantaged who do not have their own smart phones, tablets or PCs. 

Eric Kimori, CEO of Complitkenya, is full of praise for the ‘magic’ Learn Appeal Capsule. ‘I thought I was online when I logged onto the Capsule’s e-learning content because I have never encountered such an interactive platform offline. Whilst watching a First Aid course video, my conscience screamed at me to check my data balance! But this is now a reality – access to content that is interactive, real-time, offline and free.’

Assistant County Commissioner for Esise in Nyamira County, Masaine Leshaiyan, presided over the launch commented, ‘The government of Kenya welcomes this initiative which aims to empower the local community through skills development and we will jealously guard your efforts.’

Learn Appeal Founder, Jonathan Satchell, said ‘I am absolutely delighted that the capsules have been so well received in Nyamira. It's wonderful to be partnering with Complitkenya to help establish world-class e-Community Centres for marginalised rural communities in Kenya. The e-learning industry is supporting Learn Appeal so that we can bring learning to disadvantaged communities and we are now succeeding in this endeavour. I am so excited to see the impact this will now have in Kenya – and beyond.’

Learn Appeal is also supporting e-learning projects in UK, Malawi and South Africa as well as working with the equine charity Brooke.

To learn more about the Learn Appeal Capsule and other projects around the world, visit the website or email Lesley Price at [email protected]