Teachers at All Saints Cathedral Primary School, Nairobi were Friday May 8, awarded certificates after successfully completing a training in basic computer packages and applications. The ceremony that was witnessed by pupils and other staff at the School’s grounds was a culmination of a week-long training by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi CBD Campus.
The training was the first in a series to be undertaken by JKUAT in an effort to ensure primary school teachers across the country are equipped with requisite ICT skills and knowledge.
Principal, College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. David Mulati who represented the Vice Chancellor at the ceremony lauded the school for taking the bold move to sponsor teachers to undertake the training. He added that JKUAT had a number of technologies that could be deployed to effective entrench ICT in the country’s education system.
The School’s Head Teacher, Mrs. Dorothy Ogutu thanked the University for the training which she reckoned would enhance teaching and learning in the school.
“ICT competency has become very important in today’s world. As a school we took the initiative to train our staff in order to be relevant in this highly digital era,” Dorothy said.
The 16 teachers who took the training in basic computer packages and applications could not hide their joy for the skills obtained. Besides improved classroom confidence, the instructors believe they are ready for the government’s one laptop per child programme.
Ms. Zilpha Deche, a pre-school teacher at the school, said she can now use computer to compile the pupils’ performance, prepare and plan lessons, among others.
“Some of the pre-school kids come here ICT savvy. I wanted to improve my skills to match their capacity and I am happy I got what I wanted from the training,” Zilpha revealed.
Another teacher, Mr. Evans Gichuhi who teaches Social Studies averred that his new found knowledge enabled him to manipulate various computer applications to enhance his pedagogical skills.
“The use of PowerPoint to integrate pictures, videos and graphics is a great way to teach. I can now show pictures and maps of different parts of the world to the students, aiding understanding and participation,” confided Gichuhi.
The ceremony was also attended by Nairobi CBD Campus Director, Dr. Florence Ondieki, and Head of Information Technology Department, Mr. Philip Oyier.