Maria Omare

  • Founder, The Action Foundation
  • Kenya

Impact area: Social inclusion; Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

Maria Omare founded The Action Foundation (TAF) in 2010. TAF is a youth led, community-driven organization that aims to build inclusive and resilient communities where children and young people with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential. TAF works to end exclusion, discrimination and violence towards children, women and girls with disabilities in marginalized areas.

“COVID-19 has exposed existing inequalities around the right to education in many communities,” says Maria. “Digital storytelling (DST) will be a crucial tool as we work towards ensuring that no learner is left behind. DST combines aspects of traditional, oral narration with multimedia and communication tools to tell a short story on a particular topic or theme. Research shows that DST can be successfully used as an educational tool for teaching literacy to students with learning difficulties. Training of ECD teachers in the utilization of digital storytelling as a mode of teaching will give them the necessary skills to ensure interactive, inclusive learning for children with and without disabilities. This project will work to advance the TAF’s mission by working with teachers to minimize the inequalities between disabled and non-disabled children.”

The Global Youth Resiliency Fund will help Maria and team accomplish the following goals and achieve the following results:

  • Increased understanding of the benefits of Digital storytelling (DST) among 7 school heads, 28 teachers, and 70 parents from 7 partner schools.
  • Improved capacity of 28 teachers to utilize DST as a mode of instruction. 
  • 680 learners (30% with disabilities) have improved language development and enhanced. communication and cognitive skills through interacting with digital stories.
  • Production and dissemination of at least 14 digital stories by the end of the project.

Learn more about the Action Foundation here