IT solutions provider AccessKenya Group has announced its commitment to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in the country. The firm will give technology resources and financial support to aid in the growth and adoption of information communication technologies in classrooms for secondary and primary schools.
The company is in conjunction with inABLE Kenya and Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), where the company will spend KES 6 million to support the ‘Assistive Technology Labs” project by inABLE Kenya and another Kes 1.2 million for the ‘Enhancing ICT use in Schools’ initiative by CFSK.
Access Kenya cited its vision which is to see the total inclusion of the education sector in the incredible advancements being experienced in the local and regional ICT space as the bedrock for intellect and talent development. “We shall do our best to aid the education sector especially for the marginalized and vulnerable in society to realize some of its potential in relation to the use of technology.” said AccessKenya’s Deputy Chief Executive, Kris Senanu
The company will also provide broadband internet and related technology support to bring online, six public primary and secondary schools that cater to the blind and visually impaired over the next one year. These are Likoni Primary school for the blind in Mombasa and St Francis Primary school for the blind in Kapenguria and St. Oda Primary school for the blind in Siaya. Others include Kibos primary and secondary schools for the blind in Kisumu and St. Lucy Secondary School for the blind in Meru county.
This is in addition to the Thika Primary and Secondary Schools for the Blind in Thika, as well as St. Lucy’s Primary School for the Blind in meru that the company already provides broadband internet services . In total the project will benefit upwards of 1700 students.
ICT is penetrating at a high rate especially in Secondary Schools which is the exit point to higher education, employment and business. The principals and teachers being managers of the education process therefore need to be well equipped with relevant modern ICT tools for proper integration of technology into schools.
In the agreement with CFSK, AccessKenya will finance up to four workshops this year to train more than 200 principals and ICT teachers from public secondary schools in new teaching and education delivery technologies.