A South African delegation from the Ministry of Education on Monday, September 9, 2019, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to benchmark on the successful partnership the University has had with the Kenyan Government, in rolling out Phase 1 of the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) which has transformed learning in Kenya into a 21st Century education system.
With South Africa seeking to exploit universities expertise in similar projects, the visit follows the government of Kenya contracting JKUAT with the supply, installation and commissioning of 329,034 Taifa tablet computers for use by standard one pupils in 7,256 primary schools across 21 counties. The government further, through the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) contracted JKUAT and Moi University to supply it with 164,700 digital tablets fitted with tracking software, questionnaires and area maps required to conduct the just concluded national population census.
While welcoming the visiting team, JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, lauded the impact of the joint project saying it was not only beneficial to the University, but also created over 300 job opportunities and experiences in the University’s assembly plant for both students and the community at large.
“The project has created over 300 jobs in the assembly plant and also given industry experiences to students who have the vision of moving into the manufacturing industry,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Prof. Ngumi underscored the significance of universities being at the core of the implementation of the governments Big Four Agenda while pointing out that search projects were the universities contribution towards the enhanced manufacturing in the country.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance, Prof. Otoki Morongo, said the project which has been a success story in the country, has opened other avenues which are beneficial in improving the quality service output in the University.
“This project has given birth to a University call center which has greatly improved the quality service output during the implementation of the project,” said Prof. Moirongo.
Prof. Moirongo applauded the impact of the project saying it provides a variety of content derived from electronic books compared to traditional books.
South Africa’s Director General, Department of Basic Education, Mr. Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, said South Africa was focusing on using similar principles, in order to further improve the education system in the Country.
Mr. Mathanzima expressed interest in sharing information and knowledge with the University to continue progressing the education status in both countries. He lauded JKUAT for efficiency and commitment towards the countrywide roll out programme.
The visiting team culminated their visit with a tour of the University’s Computer Assembly Plant and the Call Center.