“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Innovation and Education is our name and it’s what we do.
Our mission is to restore hope while creating opportunity for struggling communities in Liberia and beyond.
The strength of our program lies in three integrated strands:
1. Spiritual – The vertical relationship
Becoming a person of character begins with an understanding of who God is, who we are, and how He intends for us to live. Students discover the answers to these questions as we introduce them to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. Relational – Our horizontal relationships
Hurt people hurt people. With all the devastation and trauma of the civil war and Ebola, it’s important that we teach students how to be kind, how to love one another, and what it means to be a good citizen. We present as a role model, Samuel Morris, the young Liberian who left for America in the late 19th century in hopes of returning one day to teach his people.
3. Economic – Marketplace competencies and employment
Education is the foundation for a thriving economy. We provide schools a portable 20-laptop “digital classroom” that includes a vast collection of resources to help students gain skills in reading, writing, mathematics, the sciences, and humanities. To help students learn business concepts and provide employment opportunities, we’ve also launched small businesses such as cement block-making, sewing, gardening, and woodworking.
Game-changing Sammy’s SmartBox
IEI’s program is built around Sammy’s SmartBox that solves the challenges faced by schools in under-resourced areas of the world:
1. Unreliable electrical power and lack of Internet access
2. Outdated computer equipment, messy wire runs, and extension cords
3. Shortage of text books and qualified teachers
Sammy’s SmartBox is literally an “instant wireless classroom” that can be set up in any room that has desks or tables. No wiring is needed because the system runs the entire school day on battery power. The Internet is not needed as the RACHEL server stores a vast collection of educational content that is sent wirelessly to the laptops. Students feel like they are on a fast internet connection. Sammy’s SmartBox functions as both a computer lab and a digital library of up-to-date educational resources including the complete Wikipedia, Khan Academy, encyclopedias, and much more. When school dismisses at the end of each day, the SmartBox is recharged, and then locked up securely. Sammy’s SmartBox is the result of a $1 million R&D investment in a dozen rural Liberian schools from 2015-2017.