Digital literacy programme set to kick start
Digital literacy programme commonly known us ‘laptops’ is set to start as the government plans to deliver 1.2 million digital learning devices to 22,000 primary schools in the country this year.
Information Communication & Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru while officiating Bungoma county internet connectivity forum at Lugulu Girls high school and Bungoma DEB primary school said that already 67,000 teachers have been trained on ICT basic literacy.
The CS confirmed that all schools have been re-designed and revamped and are ready to start digital learning which he said will help pupils in acquiring more knowledge.
He said that three schools from each county have been indentified for pilot which began this week country wide to test readiness of the program in all public primary schools.
He said that through public private partnership, Safaricom and Airtel have agreed to provide wi-fi connections to all public primary schools in Kenya once the programme start.
Mucheru confirmed that digital content developers are willing to participate to make the project a success in the history of Kenya.
The CS added that through the programme, the government has set in motion innovation and creativity that will take Kenya to greater heights.
“ICT is key to national transformation as it will play a critical role in socio-economic development”, he said.
He said that the government is working on NOFBI phase ii which he said will connect all the 47 counties in the country by December this year.
The CS commended County governments for waiving way leave fees in support of the project which will assist improve services to wanaichi.
He however asked County governments to engage with ICT authority through County ICT forums on capacity building.
Earlier, the CS visited DEB primary school that is among the three selected to test readiness of the programme. He also visited Hudumu centre.
The CS was accompanied by principal secretary Sammy Itemere and Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka.