- Nairobi: Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said last week preparations for the class one laptop project will be completed by the end of September. He said a pilot exercise on class one children showed it takes only 10 minutes for a child to use a computer. "Attitude change among children is not difficult to deal with, the learning process will be more enjoyable when the gadgets come next year," Kaimenyi said. He said the country has a lot of e-learning materials which do not need to be imported.
Eighteen digital hubs for Kenyan primary schools, allowing pupils access to computers and the internet, have been officially launched.
Funded by the British council and Microsoft, they are intended to serve more than 100 schools.
The BBC's Frenny Jowi says a hub she visited in Nairobi had 21 computers. Give the numbers, they seem like a drop in the ocean, but the scheme is a significant step for Kenya's state education sector, she says.
Kenya's 639 state primary schools are often overcrowded, with up to 1,000 pupils at each institution, our reporter says.
Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received a multi-million dollar order from Vodacom Mozambique for its modular and pre-fabricated data centre eCentre.
Vodacom Mozambique has ordered an eCentre of 500sqm open floor space for its new primary switching centre to be deployed in the industrial zone of Tchumene in Matola, just outside the capital Maputo. The new data centre will be installed early next year.
- Uganda: ASYCUDA World, a web-based customs clearance system, which will help lessen clearance time to only four hours, was rolled out on September 2. ASYCUDA is an acronym for Automated System for Customs Data. It is an upgrade and a more robust clearance system than the old ASYCUDA ++ which has been in use. While launching it at the Nakawa Customs Business Centre, the Commissioner Customs, Richard Kamajugo, noted that the system gives clients the opportunity to make paperless declarations
Analysing vast sets of digital data from social media activity, phone records and Internet search behaviours can make development activities more effective by providing decision-makers with fast and actionable information on current events, according to a UN initiative.
Tools that measure the frequency of keywords found on online posts or the patterns of mobile-phone use can give a real-time snapshot of peoples' current environment, says Anoush Tatevossian, spokeswoman at UN Global Pulse, a UN initiative set up to research ways to use big data for development.
Based on the information the Zambian Watchdog claims to be in possession of, all emails which originate from or pass through Zambian-domiciled ISPs could be hacked when the Patriotic Front government sees fit to do so. This will reportedly be active from October this year.
- Kenya: Belgium has given a 10.5 million euro (Sh1.2 billion) loan for installation of communication technology infrastructure in both the county governments and the central government. The funding will see voice and data communication equipment and connectivity installed in the counties and ministries in phase 2 of the e-government move. These include connection to the National Optical Fibre backbone infrastructure, video-conferencing facilities, telephone services among others.
Most of the million plus US$25-35 Raspberry Pi microcomputers shipped to buyers to-date have been helping U.S.- and U.K.-based makers realise their electronics’ dreams. But the original mission of the project — to inspire a new generation of programmers — remains undimmed. Which makes this Indiegogo campaign, to kit out a rural African primary school with a Pi-powered computer lab, worth a nod.