The government’s laptop project has so far proved a debacle following the recent tag of war on laptop tender. Kenya was earlier advised to borrow notes from Rwanda since the project has been a success in the country but no thanks.
However, private schools which don’t count in the initial project will now have their own running. Kenya Private School Association in conjunction with leading technology firms and organizations; Microsoft, Intel, Safaricom and Equity bank has rolled out a programme dubbed 4Africa.
Specifically concentrating on the Youth and students all the way from primary schools to universities.
The roll out of digital devices will commence in April and is the governments too. At least according to Jacob Kaimenyi cabinet secretary for education. Microsoft and Intel devices to be supplied in various schools will come in handy with customised softwares to fit the classroom setting for both educators and students.
Kenya Private School Association (KPSA) has also partnered with Equity for finance options with Safaricom coming in too with M-changa a mobile money platform for contribution that will assist in purchasing the digital devices. Different schools will however come up with proposals according to the finance option chosen.
Training will be offered across all schools in Kenya to equip teachers with e- Learning skills for them to pass it on to students. Microsoft will also offer office 365 pro plus for students at no extra cost if they purchase 100% of organization’s teacher and stuff facility.
The project will definitely beat what the government has to offer still placing private schools on the lead. The package is even more exciting with a security plan unlike the governments which is still on debate, the devices will have in them theft detectors. This one is worth optimism.