Mwalimu National Sacco, a local savings group for teachers with over 70,000 members has partnered with Intel Corporation and Microsoft among others to launch the “Mwalimu Digital” initiative to provide teachers in Kenya with low interest and friendly loans to acquire a modern computer.
Mwalimu National Sacco CEO, Robert Shibutse said the campaign will support Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project.
“The programme we are launching today will enable Mwalimu National complement the Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project by reducing affordability barriers for teachers in Kenya to acquire their own devices and become digital professionals,” said Shibutse.
Under the program, Mwalimu National Sacco members will enjoy discounted prices on a number of Lenovo laptops starting from KES 27,995 and the 2in1 TECNO Winpad 10 at KES 26,995. In addition, they will have access to loans from the Sacco with monthly repayments that start as low as KES 1019.
The laptops will also come bundled with free Microsoft Office 365 for 1 Year, extended warranties, and digital teacher content from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The Lenovo laptops’ offer will be exclusively available at Nakumatt Supermarkets countrywide while the TECNO Winpad 10 offer will only be available at Safaricom shops countrywide.
To access the offers, Mwalimu National Sacco members will be required to get in touch with the Sacco offices countrywide.
Intel Corporation’s General Manager for East Africa, Danie Steyn said, “While the world is transforming to a digital village, the classrooms in Africa are yet to catch up. We believe Mwalimu digital program is going to empower teachers to prepare students for the 21st century workplace where ICT is now becoming mainstream”.
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with partners such as Safaricom, UNICEF, Intel and Kenya Institute of Education have embarked on rolling out an e-learning program through support on building the infrastructure, capacity building the stakeholders and developing digital curriculum support materials for Kenyan schools, to enable the teaching and learning activities be carried out using technology.