Four primary schools in Kenya have become the first beneficiaries of the Jubilee Laptop Project otherwise known as the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP).
The four had Teacher and Learner digital devices-laptops and tablets for teachers and students respectively, as well as internet routers, servers, and projectors. Special Schools will receive a special learners laptop and an embosser.
The four schools-Sparki Primary School in Mombasa, Hill (Primary) School in Eldoret, Katheka AIC Primary School in Machakos and Ilbissil Boarding Primary School in Kajiado are part of the 150 schools set for pilot at Proof of Concept stage for the remaining 146 when schools reopen in May.
“We have been able to take in lessons as we have interacted with the schools, communities and the contractors. What is positive about delivering to the four schools is that we will have an opportunity to interact with the schools and note any impediment, rectify it and perfect our efficiency as we look into completing all POC schools and also rolling out to 22,000 schools,” says Robert Mugo, the Acting CEO of the ICT Authority and the Digischool technical committee chair.
The programme through the Teacher Service Commission also aims to train 300 teachers from pilot schools from the week of 18th April 2016 at the specially equipped contractors’ lab centres in Juja, Eldoret and Mombasa. This training is meant to equip the teachers with added skills to be able to fully run the digital programme.
“We will be creating a classroom environment in the labs and each teacher will be equipped with a device. We also plan to harmonise the digital learning curriculum at the training,” says John Temba a Director in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
The devices are supplied by a consortium of Moi University and JP Couto, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Positivo BGH. Moi University will cover 26 counties, while Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology will cover 21 counties.
The devices to be used in schools were unveiled on 23rd March at the annual Connected Summit 2016 event in Diani by the Cabinet Secretary, Mr Joe Mucheru.