The Nairobi Play Team
The Nairobi Play Project is not an NGO, non-profit or social enterprise. It is a global movement with the goal of spreading and scaling a successful model to international organizations, ngo's, governments and community-based organizations focused on refugee education and intercultural dialogue initiatives.
Global project Lead
Ariam Mogos is a learning technologist, designer, educator and Eritrean. She is currently the Learning Lead for UNICEF's Office of Innovation, supporting successful learning innovations to scale. She has also led digital learning programs for Global Kids, the implementation of mobile and web based technologies for problem-based learning across Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa, the State Department’s TechGirls MENA program, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology. She is a 2016 Mozilla Network 50 recipient for her work on digital inclusion and web literacy, a 92Y Women inPower fellow and a Coaching fellow.
project lead, kenya
Shamm Petros is a former refugee from Eritrea, dedicated to providing protection and education services to displaced people around the world. Shamm's work has taken her across Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Kenya serving the needs of refugees in various capacities. Currently, Shamm is working with Heshima Kenya, a safe house for young refugee women and orphans, to strengthen the reach and depth of their education programming. Shamm graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Arabic studies. She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium scholar, a Coca-Cola Scholar, and a Global Citizen fellow. As a former Eritrean refugee, her professional and academic endeavors have been driven by a deep sense of responsibility to the region and field.
Curriculum Development lead
Sarah Giffin designs community-building learning experiences for youth, educators, and professionals, using a range of experiential and project-based modalities. She leverages creative technologies, interactive arts, scientific inquiry, and digital media projects to foster critical inquiry and group discovery. She has developed and facilitated curriculum in roles at The New School, The Forum Project, Groundswell, Global Kids, and Girls, Inc. Whether teaching tech tools to educators, facilitating human-centered design abroad, or writing cultural competency curriculum for an organization, Sarah values play and creativity as a safe yet challenging tool through which communities can engage the issues facing them.
Professional Development coach
Alex Wafula is a software professional and a community activist. He is currently the Lead Developer at BitMari a Pan-African startup that leverages Bitcoin technology to reduce the cost of remitting money to Africa from the African diaspora. As an educator and facilitator, Alex has participated as a mentor in the Innovate Kenya program and a super mentor in Mozilla's Webmaker project by training trainers on curriculum delivery. With his passion for community and eagerness to help provide structure, Alex has contributed to various projects within Mozilla over the years. This has seen him collaborate with communities across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, USA, UK, India and Bangladesh among others. Most recently, he participated as an Open Researcher and Community Manager on the Digital Skills Observatory project ran by Mozilla in Kenya. Alex is a 2016 Mozilla Network 50 recipient for his work in the advancement of the Internet health movement.