Microsoft in collaboration with Intel Corporation East Africa and the Kenya Private School Association has launched 4Africa youth device program in a bid to provide the education sector a bundle of affordable devices, educational applications, online services, affordable data plans and smart financing to Kenyan learning institutions.
The programme first launched in Nairobi today is expected to roll out not only to the rest of Kenya but to other states in Africa; Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria. The launch will go a long way preparing students in various institutions for the job market.
The various ranges of Microsoft and Intel devices services come in different form factors with each preloaded with education applications including intel’s Explore and learn, full office 365 suite and skype. Created specifically for students, the device will have inbuilt Management server, hardware hardened client and management dashboard they will be easy for use for pupils and students too. The gadgets are also Student-friendly rugged designs that are water resistant and dust-resistant therefore promoting anytime, anywhere learning.
“Though the programme’s pilot in Kenya, we want to equip youth with critical 21st century ICT skills that will contribute to the growth of Kenya’s knowledge economy and facilitate the use of eGovernment services,” said Patrick Onwumere Microsoft 4Afrika youth Enablement Director.
The partnership will as well provide training for teachers across the country since the move is not after replacing the teacher rather enhancing education quality and deliver experiences that students and educators love.
Finance options are also part of the package thanks to Equity bank and M-changa a mobile money based way to contribute towards the purchase of devices. Bundles consisting of 5gigabyte and 10 gigabyte will be provided by leading mobile service provider Safaricom.
isurf Windows Portable, Acer Iconia W511, Asus transformer book, Samsung ATIV TAB 3, windows 8 powered Nokia smartphones and Intel Classmate PC are devices on offer with in-build educational applications.
“At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative, driving student achievement and lifelong learning. The devices under the program are part of flexible, holistic Intel solutions that includes a range of devices from tablets to laptops. Working closely with the Kenya Private School Association to promote digital education for the 21stcentury,”