Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

As E-Gap moves forward in spreading our work through our Thunderclap Campaign, we would like to briefly reflect back on the work we’ve done and where we’re headed. Founded in 2013, E-Gap started with a simple mission: Develop programs and materials that sustainably enhance the impact of teachers serving vulnerable populations in conflict zones and…

Spreading the Message: #TeachersSaveLives in Dadaab Refugee Camp

On Monday, E-Gap launched a month-long Thunderclap Campaign to bring greater awareness to the teacher shortages challenging education in the Dadaab Refugee Camp. In 2017, E-Gap has committed itself to training 1,000 teachers in the camp by the end of the year. In order to achieve this goal, E-Gap is working to spread a vital…

Signs of Success in Kenya Teacher Trainings

In a first for the program, E-Gap expects dropout rates to reduce to zero for the current teacher training class in Kenya. The retention and success of educators in E-Gap’s programs remains an important aspect in achieving programmatic success. With every graduate of the program, E-Gap moves closer to accomplishing its goal to train 3,000…

Returning the Chibok Girls: 3 Years of Boko Haram’s Assault on Education

Today marks the third anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group located in northern Nigeria. While some girls have returned home, 195 are still in captivity. E-Gap continues to support the efforts of Nigerian officials and the international community in returning the…

E-Gap Holds Teacher Trainings in Nairobi, Kenya

  Last week, E-Gap hosted several teacher trainings in the Nairobi region of Kenya. Daniel Njuguna, the Country Director, led trainings for educators from the Mwiki Primary School, Upendo Community Learning Center, Allianz Junior Academy and Sancare Preparatory School. While each school presents unique challenges, the trainings focused on providing educators the tools they needed…

Famine in Nigeria Threatens Students and Teachers

Throughout 2016 and into 2017, northern Nigeria has been facing an impending famine due to insurgent violence led by Boko Haram, an extremist group that targets civilians in the region. E-Gap remains concerned how the increasing shortage of food will impact the community, especially children who are more vulnerable to malnutrition. According to the United…

Kidnappings in Dadaab Camp Threaten Educators

On March 1, 2017, E-Gap was disheartened to learn of the kidnapping of three teachers from the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Gunmen raided the Udha Academy in Hagadera during the early morning. The attack is similar to previous violence carried out by the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. The Dadaab Refugee Camp already faces a…

Education Halts in Cameroon

For nearly four months, students in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon have gone without schooling due to an ongoing teachers strike. Since November 21, 2016, teachers have been on  indefinite strike in protest of language discrimination perpetrated by the Cameroonian Government. While teachers continue to pressure the government to provide equal opportunities for anglophone students,…

E-Gap Statement on Kenya’s High Court decision to block Dadaab closure

“We are thrilled with the court decision to block the closure of the Dadaab refugee compound. There’s no question that life in a refugee camp is difficult and far from a long-term solution. But even worse would be mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of people. without a solid plan for where these refugees would…

Ecuador Program Update: Entrepreneur Course Training Makes a Splash Online

On Thursday, February 9th, the E-Gap team hosted an online training for our partners in rural Ecuador, Manna Project International, to launch this year’s iteration of our Entrepreneurship Program. Participants of the one-day online training learned the ins and outs of this innovative program, the benefits of offering a comprehensive training course “free of charge,” and…

E-Gap Statement on the US Refugee Ban

Last month, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting entry into the United States citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The executive order also suspended for 120 days entry of all refugees into the United States while screening procedures are enhanced. The ban suspends the nation’s Syrian refugee program,…

E-Gap Founder Joins Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017

We are proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director Shanyn Ronis will join the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for E-Gap’s work in international education.  Previous winners have included Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, and Chance the Rapper. Less than 4% of applicants are inducted into the 30 Under…