Kepler was born out of Generation Rwanda, which enabled talented but economically vulnerable Rwandan students to attend university and prepared them with skills needed to enter the workforce. In 2013, Generation Rwanda recognized an opportunity to increase their impact through a new partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and its College for America program.
This partnership offered a highly innovative approach, combining Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree access with in-person support from Kepler. It enables students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa. To help students complete their American accredited BA degrees, Kepler provides loans for laptops and internet access, interactive support classes, personal advising, wrap-around student services, career support, and an inspiring and empowering learning environment.
The first cohort in 2013 consisted of 50 students and has grown 10 times with 550 students and two program sites as of September 2017. In 2015, Kepler and SNHU opened a second location in Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda where it serves students who are refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the same year, the partners began serving students from Burundi in Kigali. In 2016, we expanded to include students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Uganda.
In the next few years, Kepler hopes to expand its reach in East Africa and across the African continent so students can access efficient high-quality education and the acquisition of employment-ready skills at a competitive cost.