, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – As part of ongoing efforts to bridge Kenya’s digital divide through basic education solutions, consumer electronics firm Samsung Electronics East Africa on Thursday presented a donation of Samsung Galaxy Tablets to aid in E-learning at the Elimu House of Grace Academy and Amaf Academy in Nairobi’s Kawangware suburbs.
The pilot project geared at kick-starting basic education efforts to introduce E-learning programmes is part of Samsung’s support to the eLimu project.
eLimu is an initiative by a Kenyan ICT firm that is distributing content correlating to the national curriculum and features animations, videos, songs, music, games and quizzes to make the learning process more interactive, interesting, fun and engaging for students.
“As part of our enterprise solutions development capacity, we are proud to be unveiling this one-of-a-kind educational solution in Kenya to boost basic education development and overall digital divide bridging efforts,” Samsung Electronics East Africa Business Leader Robert Ngeru explained.
He added that: “The Samsung tablets and the eLimu application are simply designed to enable children to easily learn and use it. We have also taken into consideration the possibility of internet connectivity misuse by the children, through disabling of the browser.”
Speaking at the same function, eLimu Founder Nivi Mukherjee confirmed that the Application has been designed to meet educational and social development needs.
The eLimu Application now loaded on Samsung Galaxy Tablets includes extended learning content that focuses on responsible citizenship such as environmental, human rights, civic justice and even curriculum on personal financial literacy.
“At eLimu and in partnership with Samsung Electronics, we want to educate a generation of conscientious citizens who will be armed and ready to take their places in the economies of the 21st century; a generation of problem solvers, astute voters and reliable leaders for Kenya,” she enthused.
The tablet has been designed to deliver a stronger educational impact, with eLimu incorporating 3D animations, videos, songs, music, games and quizzes to make the learning process more fun and interactive and also to help students grasp complex concepts.
“Through the eLimu tablet, we are not only using technology as a tool through which we interact with information, ideas and passions, but also improving the quality of education by providing individualised workstations to the children and even teachers,” Noted the Elim House of Grace Academy head teacher, Solomon Safari.
The digital learning solution will be rolled out to other schools in Kenya later this year. The programme will also monitor the students’ learning outcomes by analysing their test scores; cognitive thinking and focus abilities; social and environmental consciousness; as well as IT literacy.