AccessKenya pledges Kes7.2m for ICT in education
AccessKenya Group has earmarked Kes 7.2 million over the next two years to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in the country.
AccessKenya’s Deputy Chief Executive, Kris Senanu, said the firm would provide technology resources and financial support to aid in the growth and adoption of information communication technologies in classrooms for secondary and primary schools.
Senanu was speaking at a media briefing after the firm inked two agreements with inABLE Kenya and Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), where the company will provide Kes 6 million to support the ‘Assistive Technology Labs” project by inABLE Kenya; and Kes 1.2 million for the ‘Enhancing ICT use in Schools’ initiative by CFSK.
“Our vision is to see the inclusion of the education sector in the advancements being experienced in the local and regional ICT space. As the bedrock for intellect and talent development, we aim e help the education sector - especially the marginalized and vulnerable in our society - to realize their potential in relation to the use of technology,” said Senanu.
He said AccessKenya will provide broadband internet and related technology support to bring online six public primary and secondary schools that cater to the blind and visually impaired over the next 12 months.
These include Likoni Primary school for the blind in Mombasa; St Francis Primary school for the blind in Kapenguria; and St. Oda Primary school for the blind in Siaya. Others include Kibos primary and secondary schools for the blind in Kisumu and St. Lucy Secondary School for the blind in Meru county.
AccessKenya already provides free broadband internet services to the Thika Primary and Secondary Schools for the Blind in Thika, as well as St. Lucy’s Primary School for the Blind in meru. In total the project will benefit upwards of 1700 students.
“As we work to sustain our five operating ‘Assistive Technology labs’, and replicate the program at four other special schools for the blind in Kenya, our partnership with AccessKenya is a critical lifeline that is essential to the success of our computer literacy program and a tremendous resource for our promising students,” said Tim Kajume, inABLE Kenya, board representative.
The agreement with CFSK will see AccessKenya finance up to four workshops this year to train more than 200 principals and ICT teachers from public secondary schools in new teaching and education delivery technologies.
“ICT is penetrating at a high rate especially in secondary schools which is the exit point to higher education, employment and business. The principals and teachers being managers of the education process, therefore need to be well equipped with relevant modern ICT tools for proper integration of technology into schools”, Said Dr. Tom Musili, Executive Director of CFSK.