High-speed network boosts Kenyan school
As Kenyan students worry about their upcoming national exams Liquid Telecom is enabling the Kibabii Online School to teach a growing number of secondary school children at home.
By using Liquid Telecom’s expansive and high-speed East Africa Backbone network the school no longer needs to struggle with variable quality 3G mobile broadband which was hampering the overall delivery of remote learning.
The school currently offers five lessons per class and uses qualified and registered teachers to facilitate the sessions. As schools in Kenya have been closed since 15 March due to the lockdown, millions of students in public and private primary education have no option, but to learn from home.
Many schools in Kenya are trying their best to maintain the national curriculum via remote learning. However, due to the lack of reliable connectivity, a deficit in digital skills and the high cost of mobile data many students rely on radio and TV for their education with no interaction or feedback from schoolteachers.
The Kibabii Online School which has seen a steep increase in student numbers since the Covid-19 outbreak was founded by Wafula Nukhwana who had this to say, “I would like to thank Liquid Telecom for their support. Virtual learning is going to be the ‘new normal’, and I am excited that this new connectivity and the learning tools provided by Liquid Telecom will enable Kibabii virtual school to provide quality education to needy children.”
Ben Roberts, Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Liquid Telecom spoke about the collaboration, “We got to know about Kibabii virtual school from a story I saw on television. Seeing Wafula Nukhwana share how he is enabling virtual learning despite slow and expensive data was inspiring. Liquid Telecom has an expansive fibre network across the country and connected Kibabii to a fibre link that was very close by.
I am excited to note that the school can host more classes, with better speeds and help more students who are adapting to learning from home at this time.”
Liquid Telecom is also assisting another 140 schools in western Kenya by enabling them with Microsoft Teams and Office 365 collaboration tools and working with the teachers to help them deploy the tools, and to learn how to use them to teach online classes.