Wananchi Group in collaboration with The Kenya Education Network and The County Government of Nairobi has rolled out a project dubbed WazED that will see the corporate provide free internet in schools.
The Information Communication and Technology services will be delivered to an estimated 2,715 schools in Nairobi County using Wananchi Group’s fiber infrastructure in which the project will be piloted for 15 months in 245 schools with the first three months being used to roll out the fibre network and the remaining twelve months as an evaluation progress of the project.
The move is in a bid to create a knowledge based economy in Kenya by improving the ICT sector as well as promote emerging trends by implementing e-learning programmes through partnerships with the private sector to invest in telecommunication infrastructure. This comes after the government of Kenya launched a National Broadband strategy that will facilitate realization of the vision 2030 and create a ‘digital Kenya’.
“Kenya is the fastest growing ICT hub in the region. We want to fasten the pace and the use of ICT in education is at a particularly dynamic stage in Kenya. I strongly believe this project will go a long way towards opening up education opportunities to students as they tap into ICT to advance their skills starting from early age.” said Wananchi Group Non- Executive Chairman, Richard Bell.
In addition to the free internet, Wananchi Group will provide each school a digital set top box for connection to a television for use in delivery of audio content to students and pre-primary will be provided with a digital set top box and a small television.
Setting up incubation centres in public universities as a measure to increase high digital literacy within the country and the laptop project and current initiatives to digitize both the primary and secondary curriculum are some of the underway projects that have been highlighted.