• #BlendedLearning

    Enjoy online learning with our network of professionals, paired with maker-space projects to make it collaborative and experiential.

    #HighLowTech

    Understand how to merge high-tech and local knowledge to ensure the acquisition of locally relevant skills.

    #LifelongLearning

    Develop a growth mindset while learning to learn, at your own pace and style.

  • An innovative and acclaimed model

    Kabakoo is a partner for the program “Imagining Africa’s Future” and is being used as case study in a continent-wide capacity building project

    Labeled by the World Economic Forum as a global pioneer for education 4.0, featured as an inspiring and scalable example for the “Schools of the Future”

    Selected by the African Union as one of the most innovative educational projects in Africa (featured in “Africa’s Education Innovations Handbook”)

  • Learning agile leapfrogging skills

    Our learner-centered curriculum is designed for learners to acquire and develop skills in digital fabrication and technologies for small-scale manufacturing. Creative project-based learning and the integration of local knowledge are the cornerstones of our learning experience to ensure real-world success for our learners and alumni.

  • Experiential
    and locally grounded

    An unique and worldwide acclaimed pedagogy blending high-tech and local knowledge to ensure real-life success

    Self-paced

    A learner-centered model to allow everyone to own their learning experience and grow

    at that own pace and style

    Data-driven

    Future-oriented learning with future-oriented tools; our data platforms help the

    learners to reach their individual goals

    World-class coaches

    Boot-camps, workshops, and masterclasses with experts with a proven track record in their fields

  • A new breed of learning place!

    Campus design for the best learning experience

    Tools, materials, technology, inspiring peers. All you need to grow! In our campuses, built with sustainable architecture, open 24/7.

  • Learn by solving real problems you care about

    Interest-driven and collaborative project-based experiences rooted in the realities of learners are the cornerstone of the Kabakoo learning process.

     

    This experiential and collaborative approach allows to make good use of everyone's passion and thus improves not only our collective impact but also the individual learning objectives.

    Get challenged by strong mentors

    A global network of professionals and entrepreneurs act as coaches and experts-facilitators. They guide and mentor Kabakoo learners, both online and offline. Our mentors are a valuable input source not only to make sure our curriculum stays up-to-date but also for our learners who choose to become entrepreneurs.

    Learn from and with your peers

    Everyone is a wonderer. Hence, peer learning is paramount at Kabakoo, the House of Wondering. Learning at its best is a social act that must take into account our strengths and differences. The peers are involved in learning not only through collaboration on different projects but also through new technologies allowing exchanges with remote peers.

  • Campus life

    Just like our learning experience, a Kabakoo campus is designed around and for the learner. Tools, materials, technology, inspiring peers. All you need to grow!

    A community of wonderers, makers, and innovators

    Our academies are open 24/7. The campuses are built and designed to enhance collaboration and learning. They are built with sustainable architecture and equipped with state-of-the-art tools for learning skills to own the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    Inclusive and open toward the local communities

    Everyone has the right to learn. Through stipends and future-oriented financial mechanisms, we make sure that everyone gets the possibility to learn at Kabakoo. Because we want our learners to build a strong community while being immersed in the population and its problems. We work with the people where they live.

  • A glimpse into our curriculum

    The Kabakoo Learning Experience is based on self-learning
    and the exchanges with peers happening during collaborative project work.
    Guided learning time is divided into theoretical sessions facilitated by
    professionals and experts, workshops, immersion tours to explore
    surrounding communities and organizations, and in some cases internships
    at local companies. Learners’ progress along the modules is not
    linear but rather iterative and interconnected. Here are some of our modules.

  • Success

    Since our launch in July 2018, we have trained more than 530 learners in future-oriented competencies for digital and decentralized manufacturing through our blended learning model. 81% of our learners have previously completed university studies but choose to come to Kabakoo because university does not give them locally actionable competencies.

  • Kabakoo’s impact is demonstrated by the real-life success of our learners.

    Here are some innovative and impactful projects designed and executed by our learners and alumni.

     

    • Building open-source devices to monitor air quality; led to the first citizen platform to measure and fight air pollution in West Africa: Income generation for 3 persons through the selling of monitoring devices

    • Setting up a decentralized supply chain for the local production of fabric masks in Mali; already more than 60 000 masks produced and sold; decent work and income for more than 20 families

    3D-printing of face shields for local hospitals: More than 100 face-shields produced and distributed to local hospitals

    • Developing a machine learning algorithm to recognize the origin of African masks: Securing the development of knowledge about African cultural artifact

    The 7 habits of Kabakoo

    Our digital platforms allow the learners to own their learning process. The 7 habits of Kabakoo and the platforms for tracking projects’ progress build the basis for a formative assessment. The seven habits are to explore the world around them, know themselves, communicate effectively, create, connect and share their work to others, and reflect their thinking. The seven habits consist of 20 dimensions and 64 sub-dimensions. The learners can therefore know precisely where they need to improve their skills in order to reach their goals.

  • Decentralized supply chain for the local production of fabric masks in Mali

    Setting up a decentralized supply chain for the local production of fabric masks in Mali; already more than 60 000 masks produced and sold; decent work and income for more than 20 families

    Open-source devices to monitor air quality

    Building open-source devices to monitor air quality; led to the first citizen platform to measure and fight air pollution in West Africa: Income generation for 3 persons through the selling of monitoring devices

    3D-printing of face shields

    More than 100 face-shields produced and distributed to local hospitals

    Machine learning algorithm

    Developing a machine learning algorithm to recognize the origin of African masks: Securing the development of knowledge about African cultural artifact

  • Corporate partnerships

    Kabakoo Academies nurtures close relationships with a diverse range of companies and professionals. Our partners take an active part in projects, workshops, and mentoring. They engage with the Kabakoo community by sharing their experience and knowledge with our learners.

    Institutional partnerships

    As a global pioneer of education 4.0, Kabakoo partners with organizations and public bodies to advance quality and locally relevant tech education in the Africas. Our public bodies partners include the European Union and the UNESCO’s Department for Futures Literacy.

    Academic partnerships

    We partner with academic institutions around the globe on the grounds of knowledge sharing. For our learners, the academic partnerships are not only a source of state-of-the-art knowledge but also of international exposure. Our academic partners include, among others, the Paris-based Center for Interdisciplinary Research and the University of Paderborn in Germany.

  • “The campus and the workshops are open 24/7, with all the tools we need; and we don’t have to pay anything upfront. Just learn and believe in us. Kabakoo shows us that we all can be heroes.”

     

    Adama B., learner at the Bamako Campus

    “There is no project crazy enough at Kabakoo. Since I come to Kabakoo, I feel like everything is possible and that I can really make a difference.”

     

    Djeneba K., learner at the Bamako Campus

    “Kabakoo is an amazing experience. In one week at Kabakoo, I have learned more than in one year at the university!”

     

    Daouda S., learner at the Bamako Campus

    “Kabakoo knows how to turn students with no prior knowledge into rapid prototyping talents.”

     

    Marlène Amegankpoe, Executive Director of SCS International, a West-African leading agrobusiness

    “I had to stop university because of lack of money. Now, thanks to Kabakoo I am learning state-ofthe-art tech and how to use it for my community.”

     

    Ousmane K., learner and peer-facilitator at the Bamako Campus

  • They talk about us

    Since our launch in July 2018, our work has been regularly featured in national and international media outlets.

  • Kabakoo is reinventing education in Africa

    The French newspaper Le Monde publishes a piece describing Kabakoo Academies as an institution reinventing education in Africa!

    February 2020

    The World Economic Forum selects Kabakoo as a "School of the Future"!

    Kabakoo Academies has been selected as a global pioneer for "new models of education for the fourth industrial revolution”. thanks to our "multi-stakeholder approach, demonstrated improvement in student outcomes, but also because Kabakoo’s model is highly scalable."

    January 2020

    Interview with Kabakoo's founder in La Tribune

    Our founder, Dr Yanick kemayou, gave an interview about our work and vision to the French newspaper La Tribune.

    January 2020

    Kabakoo Academies on BBC News!

    Check out the podcast on Kabakoo and its innovative approach for education in Africa!

    December 2019

    On our founder Yanick and his commitment to education in Africa

    "Kabakoo’s founder, Yanick Kemayou, is committed to knowledge exchange and technology transfer between Europe and Africa."

    By Nadine Uphoff, August 2019

    Article about our Bamako campus

    "Face à un système universitaire trop souvent défaillant, de jeunes entrepreneurs lancent des initiatives pour favoriser la formation au Mali. Imagination et solidarité sont au rendez-vous. Kabakoo s‘inscrit dans le sillage de cette génération qui se veut créative, ambitieuse, et active."

    By Linda Lefebvre, May 2019

    Press release by Kabakoo Academies

    Kabakoo set to innovate creative learning for the Africas

    April 2019

    Press release by Kabakoo Academies

    Kabakoo set to innovate creative learning for the Africas

    April 2019

  • Contact us

    Our team is looking forward to hearing from you!

    Kabakoo Academies
    Bamako Campus
    +223 9440 2463
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