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Asante Africa Foundation partners with Khan Academy

The Valley Sentinel – June 30, 2012

 A student translator receives trainingOakland, CA – Asante Africa Foundation, an Oakland-based non-profit that believes in the power of education as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they live their dreams, has partnered with Khan Academy to bring over a thousand math and science videobased lessons into rural schools in East Africa. This natural partnership developed through a shared belief by both organizations that all children deserve access to a quality, world-class education.

Asante Africa Foundation has assembled two teams of translators in Kenya and Tanzania. The translators are comprised of high school graduates and college students who are proficient in math and science as well as fluent in English and Swahili.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for these young people to contribute to an exciting global movement of making math and science accessible to all children while learning valuable technical and business skills –- from computer literacy to project management”– Paru Desai Yusuf, Asante Africa Foundation Board member.

Student translators

Once the translation project is complete, a second phase, scheduled in the Fall of 2012, will pilot a teacher’s toolkit and training that brings the e-learning technology into classrooms. It is anticipated that by having this type of resource available, it will spur school infrastructure investments by local and national education leaders.

“Khan Academy is excited to further our mission of ‘providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere’ by translating and localizing the videos into Swahili.” — Bilal Musharraf, Khan Academy’s Dean of Translations.

Asante Africa Board member, Paru Yusuf (center) leads the project training  The project has also received support from two Silicon Valley and Bay Area based companies; SAP, a German software corporation with a regional office in Palo Alto and Globalize Networks, LLC., an Oakland based company. SAP donated computer laptops and Globalize Networks prepared software to enable both project phases.

“It takes a global community working together to achieve this level and depth of impact. We are grateful for the contributions of Khan Academy, SAP and Globalize Networks to bring math and science into remote classrooms for students who have not had the opportunity of accessibility.” – Erna Grasz, CEO Asante Africa Foundation.
About the Partners

Asante Africa Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Oakland, Ca. Asante Africa Foundation believes in the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they live their dreams. The foundation achieves this vision through partnering with local families, educators and community members to create safe and healthy learning environments, strengthen teacher quality, enhance learning in the classrooms and provide Meritbased scholarships, and leadership development. Since its inception in 2006, Asante Africa Foundation has stewarded the completion of 50 infrastructure, training and leadership development projects, provided thousands of valuable teaching supplies and resources to classrooms, and awarded hundreds of scholarships. To learn more about Asante Africa Foundation, please visit www.asanteafrica.org.

Khan Academy is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to change education for the better by providing free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to anyone — completely free of charge. The growing library of 3000+ videos covers a wide variety of academic topics, including math, science and the humanities. Khan Academy has received widespread media coverage and over five million students per month use the resources worldwide. For more information about Khan Academy, please visit www.khanacademy.org.

SAP is a German software corporation with a regional office in Palo Alto. It is a market and technology leader in business management software, solutions, and services for improving business processes.

Globalize Networks is an Oakland based technology company offering computer networking services and IT support for businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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