Safaricom to lend support in free laptop plan

May 30, 2013
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Safaricom Foundation Trustee Nzioka Waita said this would be through provision of data services, content development and continuous provision of computers or laptops to schools across the country/FILE
Safaricom Foundation Trustee Nzioka Waita said this would be through provision of data services, content development and continuous provision of computers or laptops to schools across the country/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – The Safaricom Foundation has pledged to support the government in the laptop for schools programme, one of the key projects under the Jubilee regime.

Safaricom Foundation Trustee Nzioka Waita said this would be through provision of data services, content development and continuous provision of computers or laptops to schools across the country.

Speaking during an education dissemination forum in Nairobi on Thursday, Waita emphasised the need for public-private partnerships for the project to be a success.

“We are not lost to the fact that the government has the laptop for schools programme. We realise that technology and education are mutual hence the need to integrate technology to education curriculum,” he said.

He noted that Safaricom Foundation has since 2003 provided at least 2,330 computers to schools across the country.

Speaking at the forum, Senior Deputy Director of Education Margaret Murage said the government is piloting the project in parts of Coast, North Eastern and Kisumu which will include the training of teachers.

“For this programme to succeed teachers need to be adequately trained in matters of ICT so that the child is not ahead of the teacher,” she noted.

“The goal of universal provision of ICT is a key catalyst for the realisation of Vision 2030,” Murage added.

The education dissemination forum brought together partners to share their experiences, explore ways to accelerate education provision and strengthen programme implementation. It also addressed the role and future of ICT in schools.

The Ministry of Education has announced that it will issue laptops to class one students between November and December this year.

While speaking to journalists in Nairobi earlier, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Jacob Kaimenyi said that the ministry has also created content for the pupils and will soon call on all key stakeholders to verify if the content is relevant.

“The government is keen on delivering its promise to the pupils… the laptops will be delivered, and the content has been created for them,” he explained.

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