Our mission is to accelerate science learning in Africa. And our vision is to see Africa transformed through science.
10-Year Mission: Accelerate science learning and provide skills training for one million African children and youth by 2030.
Fundi Bots promotes improved, practical science education in African schools and communities through the provision of hands-on skills and project-based training, with a strong focus on rural and underprivileged regions and a push for equitable inclusion for girls.
Fundi Bots works through two main learning experiences:
These two learning experiences provide practical, hands-on training for students in everything from building robots and coding to project-based learning experiences built on top of the official government curriculum.
Our learning experiences provide a well-rounded and engaging methodology to increase students’ performance in classrooms and provide career training and technical skills through custom STEM programs and curriculum.
Fundi Bots students studying electronics in a classroom. Our learning experiences provide a well-rounded and engaging methodology to increase students’ performance in classrooms and provide career training and technical skills through custom STEM programs and curriculum.
Additionally, the Fundi Girls program is designed to run as a stand-alone model that is also a thread that weaves through all the work that we do at Fundi Bots.
Fundi Bots was started in 2011 by Solomon King Benge as a hobby/passion project to help students understand science through robotics.
Activities during this time were focused primarily on talks, presentations, and demonstration of robotics in classrooms, facilitated through Cafe Scientifique, an organization led by Betty Kituyi who eventually became our Regional Manager for Eastern Uganda.
In 2014, the founder, Solomon King Benge became a 2014 Echoing Green and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. These fellowships unlocked resources that allowed Fundi Bots to formally register and start full-time operations.
Between 2015 and 2022, Fundi Bots grew exponentially, expanding and setting up offices in three additional regions in Uganda ( Central, North, East, West).
Our school network has scaled up from under 30 schools to over 180 and we’ve trained over 17,200 students and 410 teachers.