Digital Education Africa Network (DEAN)
DEAN is a social enterprise that promotes sustainable development in Africa through the use of ICT in education and by providing professional IT services to (development) organizations, the government and local businesses in Africa.
DEANs mission is: unleashing potential of students, teachers and the educational sector through digital education thereby contributing to positive socio-economic change in Africa. DEANs head office is based in The Netherlands and the company works mainly in East Africa (Kenya & Tanzania) through and with local partners.
Global Projects works for DEAN as a freelance business development and partnership consultant in Africa. She also assists with fundraising.
DEAN was formerly known under the name Viafrica. In 2016 Viafrica changed its name into DEAN, which stands for Digital Education Africa Network. A name that better suits what the company stands for: creating a network of digital education partners in East Africa.
Global Projects worked on various assignments for DEAN. She served a few years as director external relations. In this role Global Projects was responsible for the set-up and management of global partnerships, business development, project and programme development and fundraising for ICT education projects in Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.
From 2003 until 2012 Global Projects was (as a member of the management team) co-responsible for the design and the co-management of local offices in the Netherlands, Germany, Kenya and Tanzania. She also contributed to strategy development, project management and financing and execution of projects in Africa. Together with DEANs founder Joost Dam Global Projects:
- Co-established offices and projects in different countries.: The Netherlands, Germany, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania & Uganda.
- Set up and managed numerous local and global partnerships.
- Co-developed a self-sustainable programme for secondary schools on the integration of ICT within education. CLASSworks is implemented at more than 400 secondary schools in Africa. (Tanzania, Kenya, Sierra Leone & Uganda)
- Co-developed and implemented a social business model based on ICT products and services in Europe, Kenya, Tanzania.
- Co-developed CLASSworks Mobile, an e-learning programme on life skills for primary school pupils. CLASSworks Mobile provided ICT support to social organizations in Kenya and Tanzania and a life skills programme focusing on HIV/Aids, drug abuse and adolescence. Currently the programme runs under the name CLASSworks Lfie Skills in Kenya and Tanzania.
- Was responsible for the development and execution of CLASSworks Support, a programme supporting secondary school teachers using ICT within education. Responsible for the set-up and management of a partnership with Accenture and their Global Citizenship Programme 'Skills to Succeed' which involved funding and deployment of Accenture staff in DEANs projects, both in The Netherlands and in Africa.
- Co-delivered ICT solutions for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME's) in Tanzania and Kenya.
- Developed a range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects with partners like Accenture, IT Staffing, TNO Netherlands, Delft University of Technology and others.
- Wrote successful funding proposals and reports and obtained funds from a range of international donors and companies.
Pictures of various DEAN projects