Two primary schools in Kajiado County have benefited from a project in which two British Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and an Ameican computer solutions company have been providing computers and setting up solar power labs in the learning institutions.
A total of 66 teachers from Al Hudaa Muslim Primary School in Kajiado Central and Ngong Township Primary School have received digital literacy training to enable them impart the same knowledge to the pupils.
This will also enable the teachers of the two schools to integrate ICT into teaching.
The project dubbed ICT in education is an initiative of Irish NGO Camara Education, giant American computer Solutions Company Dell and British NGO Computer Aid.
Along with the Ministry of Education’s Digital Literacy Program, the move seeks to provide sustainable and affordable internet connectivity to schools in under privileged regions.
The project began in early 2017 after the three organisations with the help of the Ministry and community liaisons identified the institutions to host the labs.
Access to electricity and the location of the schools were key factors in determining which schools in Kajiado would benefit from the project.
The program was delivered in two phases.
First, Al Hudaa Muslim Primary School in Kajiado Central and Ngong Township Primary School were first equipped with computers in September 2017. In January 2018 the two schools were then equipped with the solar labs.
Al-Huda Muslim Primary School’s Principal Mayquva Wanjala said that with a population of over 700 students, controlling the number who access the facilities has become a challenge.
“This project is going to impact very much positively to this community and I am sure the youth are going to realize their dreams through research, experience and networking. It is the best thing in my opinion that can happen to a visionary society.” said Mr Wanjala.
The next phase involves ensuring that the facility remains sustainable while serving the students and the community.
Speaking during the launch, Camara Education’s Country Manager Daniel Oloo said that his organisation will keep working with the schools to ensure that the facility and computers in the labs are kept in good condition.
“We are very privileged to work with the various relevant Kenya government entities in supporting this initiative,” said Mr. Oloo.