Elimu Hub Designed with the Present and Future In Mind
Student- and Alumni-Centered
The design of Elimu Hub followed architecture’s golden rule: Form follows function. First and foremost, this was to be a student- and alumni-centered place.
There are many reasons students come to the NRCF offices. They gather en masse to help carry supplies across Ngong Road for the Saturday Program. They sometimes visit with their case manager. A library was established early on because there was little alternative available. Students realized their friends were there so they’d gather around the offices. And then the Computer Lab was established, and students started taking regular classes on site. Over time, a melding of students and staff interchangeably occupied NRCF offices.
The priority for a new location was near the slum where our students live but large enough to accommodate the increasing number of children served. The location selected had a large yard which allowed space to construct a separate building, apart from the administrative offices, for student use.
A space dedicated for student use sends a message to the students that they matter. It is a place where they are provided with educational and technical resources that offers them a chance to learn and grow. It is a place where they are welcomed and can be with their fellow students.
Post-secondary education and the well paying jobs that follow will go to high school graduates who are the most technology prepared and educated. All NRCF students are computer trained and certified in Microsoft Office skills. NRCF continues to expose students to technology with its Computer Lab, STEM Club, and laptop loaner program.
Elimu Hub is designed to be technology forward. It includes solar power to help offer a more reliable power source, addressing constant interruptions from rolling brownouts and blackouts. The wi-fi will be faster, improving faster processing and connectivity.
The laptop computer loaner system will become more systemized and efficient, providing greater access to more laptops for more students to use each day. A space for their use is built into the plans.
Beyond today’s functionality, Elimu Hub will be operated by a NRCF team who welcome changing and emerging technologies. Those team members were instrumental in the design process and will continue to ensure that the resources and technical education being delivered to students will best prepare them for post-secondary education and the jobs that follow.