Eminus Academy is an e-learning program that uses accessible technology in areas that do not otherwise have the infrastructure or opportunities to access formal education. Eminus provides professional training and resources focused on sustainable development, project management, community mapping and place-making. Upon completion of the courses offered, students are awarded a certificate that is provided. With technology becoming the way of the future, Eminus Academy bridges the gap of educational systems by offering quality skills to marginalized populations across the globe.
Eminus Academy has recently celebrated their success of their Urban Hackathon in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This two-day event organized 30 students from Ardhi University Faculty of Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering and Information Technology into interdisciplinary teams. These teams were challenged to create innovative solutions to urban issues such as informal settlements, transportation and waste management. The teams were guided and encouraged by in-person mentors via an e-learning platform with our partner Eliademy. On the final day, the teams pitched their solutions to potential investors and policy makers. The Hackathon’s success highlights Eminus’s goal to “apply elements of gamification and human centered design to explore and identify creative, informal transformative planning practices”. These values are also tailored by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and motivate actions towards a more equitable and sustainable world.
Eminus partners with UN Habitat - the human settlement branch of the United Nations to work towards achieving some of the SDGs. Not only does UN Habitat authorize certificates for Eminus, but they also help achieve:
By aligning ourselves with a global organization’s goals, we believe we are participating in positive change for the future. This collaboration continues to strengthen as we have 3500 people involved with this project and have concluded Phase 1 with UN Habitat.
We believe that the future is dynamic and vibrant. Therefore, Eminus has some exciting upcoming opportunities. We are launching new courses early next year that address entrepreneurship, social development, climate change, proposal writing, marketing skills and project management. These new vocational courses are all aligned with the SDGs and will help expand Eminus Academy to be accessible to over 78 countries around the world.
This expansion includes a recent proposal for using Eminus for place-making training in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Northern Uganda. To make this happen, we are partnering with the Anhart Foundation, among other partners. Our goal is for youth living in informal settlements to have the opportunity to learn vocational skills and to provide training that will allow students to improve living conditions through sustainable practices and development. Two courses will be offered in early 2018 as part of a pilot project to introduce these online courses to the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. The hope is that, with enough support, these courses and more will be offered on a continuous basis in the future.
While Eminus partners with incredible organizations, we also need you. Our new funding model is centered around paying it forward. With the purchase of one course, another student is able to attend Eminus Academy for free.
Are you passionate about the same issues we are? Are you interested in supporting Eminus or registering for one of our courses?
January 15th, 2018
Class Start Dates
Responsible Consumption and Waste Management: Responding to Climate Change
January 15th, 2018
Social Enterprise: Innovation and the SDGS
January 15th, 2018
Food Systems: From Seed to Market
May 1st, 2018
Community Mapping and Digital Storytelling: Implementing the SDGs
May 15th, 2018