A non-profit international education organisation has teamed up with Dell and Computer Aid has set up computer labs in two schools in Kajiado.
County Education Minister Samuel Kanar at Al-Huda Muslim Primary on Thursday.
The two primary schools, Al-Huda Muslim and Ngong Township, are the beneficiaries of a Sh4 million ICT-in-education project which has set up computers in classrooms and solar powered labs.
There are two labs in each school and the classrooms have also been equipped.
Speaking during the official opening of the computer lab at Al-Huda Primary School in Kajiado town on Thursday evening, Andrew Opiyo from the Ministry of ICT, said in the next 5 years all the over 30, 000 public and private will have been connected to internet.
Opiyo, who was representing ICT CS Joseph Mucheru, said the government is connecting all the government offices in all the counties with fibre optic.
“We are also implementing constituency innovation hubs, and each county will host four of such to enable citizens and communities in those counties to access internet and online government services,” said Opiyo.
The official said once all the schools will have had established computer labs, students will access all the required books through the internet.
“The Institute of Curriculum Development is working closely with us in ensuring that this project becomes a successful endeavour,” said Opiyo, who is a senior deputy director in the ministry.
Speaking at the same function, county education CEC member Samuel Kanar said the county government has put up a Sh250 million library that is being prepared to be an e-learning centre of excellence before it is officially opened.
Kanar said all the schools in the county will be connected to internet so that they can access all the materials they require.
The computer program in the two Kajiado schools was delivered in two phases – first, equipping of the classrooms with computers, beginning with Al Huda Muslim then Ngong Township Primary School in September 2017, then second, the deployment of the solar labs to both schools in late January 2018.
The Primary School ICT learning and Solar Program is complementing the implementation of the Digital Literacy Program by the Government (DLP) in all 23,951 public primary schools countrywide.
The focus of DLP (or DigiSchools) program is to enhance learning through the use of digital technologies with emphasis on digital content, not devices.
The project targets to deliver over 1.2 million devices in two years at a cost of Sh29 billion with additional investment in school infrastructure, teacher training, electricity connections and content development.
Mayquva Wanjala, the principal of Al-Huda Muslim Primary, said with a population of over 700 students, controlling the numbers that want to access the facilities have become a challenge, but in a good way.
Speaking during the launch, Daniel Oloo, the Camara Education Country Manager for Kenya noted that they’ll keep working with the schools to ensure that the facility and computers in the labs are kept in good condition.
Stated Oloo; “We are very privileged to work with the various relevant Kenya government entities in supporting this initiative”.