The Digital Literacy Program kicked off at Kiambu Township Primary School in Kiambu County, following the delivery and installation of 212 tablets, 2 teacher devices (laptops), a projector and a content access point (CAP) to benefit class one pupils and tutors at the school.
The project is being implemented under the Jubilee Government’s digital literacy program, currently at the piloting stage.
The devices were delivered, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Positivo BGH Consortium during a ceremony officiated by the Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, accompanied by the Ministry’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang, ICT Authority Ag. CEO, Robert Mugo, and Kiambu County Education officials.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony, Dr. Matiang’i lauded the government agencies that have been working in collaboration to deliver on the project which he observed, was at the Proof of Concept (POC) stage.
The Cabinet Secretary singled out JKUAT and Moi University, the two local institutions that won the laptop bid, for taking the lead in spearheading local transfer of ICT skills.
“I congratulate JKUAT for winning the bid, and we are keen on transfer of skills to build capacity in ICT. We will work with JKUAT to modernize the way education content is delivered in Kenyan schools.”
Dr. Matiang’i said, “We have selected 3 schools per County and 9 additional schools, making it 150 participating schools in the pilot project which we hope to complete by end of May, before rolling out the devices in all the schools.”
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, who was accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance) Prof. Bernard Moirongo, Director of Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, Dr. Suleiman Oketch, said JKUAT and Positivo BGH Consortium was committed to the digital learning programme implementation because of its enormous transformative benefits in learning in the country.
Prof. Imbuga said, “The delivery and installation of the tablets in the home County at Kiambu Township Primary School was a clear manifestation of that commitment noting, JKUAT was the first University to launch and assemble computers way back in 2006, as well as the first University in Kenya to launch its own branded computer – Taifa.
Positivo BGH representatives ; Joan Djedjeian (Manager Kenya Project), Juan Ponelli (President for Africa) and Mr. Marcio Rosiak expressed their readiness to work with JKUAT to implement the digital literacy program to boost learning in the schools, having implemented a similar program in Rwanda.
The School Head Teacher Mr. Paul Kagiri, while acknowledging receipt of the tablets and laptops, said his school will be a case study for the successful implementation of the digital learning, and expressed optimism that the devices will improve learning.
Teacher Lucy Nyaga, who handles class one pupils, could not hide her joy: “I am grateful to the government for giving me an opportunity to guide my class one pupils through this digital learning experience.”
Teacher Leah who conducted the first digital learning experience session with her pupils said, “The learners are excited and this will help sustain the pupils’ concentration in class, thus enhancing learning outcomes.” She added that the teacher’s device has a class management component that ensures all learners remain focused.
The JKUAT/ Positivo BGH consortium is currently installing digital devices in over 50 schools selected for piloting in 21 counties. Already, Machakos, Kajiado, and Kiambu have been covered.