NerdWallet, August 2, 2012
The nerds are all about education. We want to help all future and present students achieve their educational goals. NerdWallet helps with the finance end, but these guys here are putting their time and money on the line to help children who don’t always have the same opportunities. Here are some really innovative children’s education nonprofit organizations that do fantastic work and really do change the world, even one potential nerd at a time.
Asante Africa: Educating children, transforming worlds
Starting in 2006, Asante Africa Foundation has grown from a small local project into an 18-partnership education nonprofit organization. Serving villages in Kenya and Tanzania, Asante now boasts well over 400 teachers and 25,000 students helped. Asante does not just organize groups of students and teachers though. They are committed to the entire education process, completing infrastructure projects such as classrooms, dorms, and latrines, training teachers and volunteers, performing community organizing efforts, and offering scholarships for higher education. What sets Asante apart is their reliance on working with local leaders and building cultural understand. This allows them to be cognizant of regional or cultural barriers that might prevent these children from receiving the education they are otherwise capable of. Asante also extends their programs beyond the classroom through their innovative Leadership Incubator Program. The Leadership Incubator program brings teens into a learning environment of seminars and presentations where they learn more about social issues such as HIV and substance abuse, explore possible career paths and entrepreneurial projects, and develop leadership skills to put efforts back into their communities. In doing this they are bringing a holistic approach to education and creating mechanisms for continuous social and economic advancement. Asante believes that its Leadership Incubator is hugely beneficial for both the students and regions of Africa, so much so that their Board is currently matching any donation made to this leadership program. Asante knows that these efforts benefit the individuals through quality education, and their communities as a whole by creating capable citizens who can serve those around them.