Unlock Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to address critical educational gaps in rural African schools. We work with teachers, students and community members on small sustainable projects that ensure students receive the best primary education possible.
Unlock Foundation’s founder, Scott Karrel, witnessed first hand while volunteering in Namibia, how primary schools in the rural areas were leaving children behind. With a desire to make a change at the school he taught at, Scott asked friends and family back home to donate to help create the school’s first library for the students. Within a month, he had raised $7,000 to purchase 2 computers, books, new chairs, paint, and a chalkboard for the school’s first library. A completed library had given hope to all ages of students at the school, but more could be done.
Unlock Foundation was created in April 2011, with the simple premise that small acts can make a big difference. While enrollment at primary schools has increased, the majority of African children out of school are rural children. Unlock Foundation partners with teachers, students, and communities to meet the fundamental needs they deem necessary for a thriving school. We work on several small projects at one school at a time, to produce a sustainable impact.
After graduating from Boston University in the spring of 2010, Scott Karrel traveled to Namibia with the volunteer program WorldTeach. As an english and social studies teacher in the rural settlement of Divundu, he was exposed to the many barriers the young students faced each day to gain access to an education. He returned from his incredible journey as a teacher, determined and inspired that one person can help change the world for the better. As the Founder and Director, Scott oversees the development and planning for Unlock Foundation, to ensure that each program is run effectively.
Prior to his work in Namibia, Scott volunteered in Ghana and Swaziland. A New Jersey native, he now lives in New York City.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
As Director of Marketing, Michelle leads marketing initiatives to promote Unlock Foundation's work and spread awareness of education issues around the world. She also supports all aspects of program development and strategic planning.
Michelle began her career working in marketing in New York City after graduating from Boston University (where she first met Scott through their leadership of the BU Darfur Coalition). She then followed her passion for international development to Uganda, where she spent several months consulting for an NGO. In 2013 Michelle moved to Washington, DC, where she currently works for a community-focused global health organization.
Christoph Sikosi is a recent college graduate in science education at the University of Zimbabwe and currently a science teacher at Divundu Combined School. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree with the University of Namibia. Mr. Sikosi is a devoted soccer and basketball fan, and enjoys running and martial arts. He is determined to travel more to understand the world we live in.
He joined Unlock Foundation to ensure that all projects are implemented effectively in respect to the community and the school. Christopher is the liaison at Divundu Combined School and will work with the learners to determine the problems that need to be addressed.
Nana Aggrey-Fynn was born in Cape Coast, Ghana. He has worked with Global Routes, a non profit organization that offers travel and community service programs for teens, gap-year and college students in Africa, Asia and Latin America, since 2004. Nana also has also started Empathy FX, his own non-profit organization that works with international partners, like Unlock Foundation. In his spare time, Nana works at a small cafe in central Ghana.
WHO WE ARE
A world without barriers to quality education for all children
CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
IN-COUNTRY DIRECTOR, NAMIBIA
IN-COUNTRY DIRECTOR, GHANA