Kiambu teachers benefit from Airtel’s free internet for schools training

December 2, 2015
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Airtel Business manager- public sector Michael Mbithuka presents a data device to principal Musa Gitau Sec School Ruth Njeri/COURTESY
Airtel Business manager- public sector Michael Mbithuka presents a data device to principal Musa Gitau Sec School Ruth Njeri/COURTESY
KIAMBU, Kenya, Dec 2 – Teachers in Kiambu County will no longer rely on chalk to pass down knowledge.

Airtel in partnership with Computer for Schools (CFSK) on Wednesday continued with its Internet for Schools training workshop for teachers in the County.

The training aims to provide teachers with latest e-learning skills and help more schools to embrace ICT integration in learning.

The workshop was designed as an interactive session for teachers to get the relevant training on how they can integrate ICT in classroom activities to develop e-content and access educational information online using Airtel’s free Internet for Schools program.

The workshop was also a great opportunity for the County government officials led by Kiambu County Minister for Education and ICT Esther Ndirangu, ICT Director Douglas Njiraini and education officials from the County to share their experiences, challenges, and opportunities in the use of free internet connectivity provided by Airtel to improve education standards in Kiambu County.

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said: “The Internet enables us to access any information right in front of our screens, making it possible to explore the whole world at our finger tips. This is why we have chosen to invest in the development of education in Kenya by connecting more students and training teachers through our free Internet for Schools program. This training will provide teachers with latest e-learning skills which they will be able to integrate in their lesson plans and enable students to acquire the latest knowledge and skills that they need to succeed in life.”

The schools represented at the training workshop received data devices from Airtel which will be connected to their computer laboratories, allowing the students access to free 24 hour internet connectivity for unlimited learning online.

The company has so far connected 187 schools across the country impacting over 180,000 students with a plan to connect at least 1 million students to the internet.

The schools connected so far include Kangaru Boys High School that was connected by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta last month, lauding Airtel for its commitment and investment towards the improvement of education in schools.

On his part, Computer for Schools Founding Director Dr Tom Musili said: “The key to improving any society lies in proper development of young ones and hence there is dire need to improve the skills of those who educate our students. There is need to ensure that the education system is in constant supply of capable hands to train them. CFSK will continue to work with Airtel to train more teachers through such workshops which give us an opportunity to discussing together and come up with innovative ideas of improving teaching and learning through Airtel’s Internet for Schools program.”

A similar training took place in Machakos County last week where teachers from over thirty schools and education officials from the County were in attendance.

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