The school has as a result attracted more students from the surrounding pastoral community, who also want their children to “become digital.”
Capital News noted that some students were older than the average age of class one pupils but Marasol explains that the school is also a rescue centre for students running away from early marriage and FGM.
“It may sound funny but the tablets alone have encouraged many to join our school,” she says.
“When the gadgets were delivered here on April 5, there was so much excitement that the entire community came to see them,” she said delightfully.
The laptops, students’ tablets and the projector are all safely locked up after every session.
“It is a noble programme but more infrastructures are needed,” Marasol says.
The devices are pre-loaded with content which includes interactive digital content for Standard 1 and 2 in 5 subjects which are Kiswahili, English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies.
The teachers’ laptops, server and wireless router in addition are pre-loaded with the teacher training curriculum on ICT integration, Teachers training manual on ICT and a resource kit for teachers.
The programme has seen about 150 teachers trained as master trainers, 2,555 trained as Trainer of Trainers (ToTs) and 62,000 primary teachers trained as of December 2015.
In April 2016 a robust teachers’ training was conducted for 300 teachers from the 150 pilot schools at Moi University and JKUAT lab centres in Eldoret, Mombasa and Juja respectively in a bid to equip them with practical skills on the use of the devices for teaching and learning purposes.
The training focused on model class scenarios with class management software, content developed by KICD and basic support and maintenance procedures.
The project further aims at entrenching ICT in the teaching and learning process and management of education in primary schools, equipping public primary schools with appropriate ICT infrastructure to support the teaching and learning process and developing capacity of education managers.
Through the project, the Government also seeks to facilitate the development and accreditation of appropriate digital content that will enhance acquisition of 21st century skills and promote universal access and equitable distribution to ICT infrastructure in primary schools as well as integrating sustainable and affordable digital programs in Kenya’s education system.
A total of 300 teams will be involved in the ongoing delivery of laptops to public primary schools countrywide as the government seeks to beat its December 2016 distribution deadline, according to the ICT Authority.
The ICT authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Mugo says about 400 ICT graduates have also been hired and will assist in the installation of the devices.