Microsoft Global president Jean-Philippe Courtois on Tuesday in Nairobi pledged support to the Kenyan government in implementing the computer to schools programme.This was after President Uhuru Kenyatta secured support of the organization to implement the ambitious programme that will see Microsoft International train all primary school teachers to enable the programme by January next year.
E-ready primary schools in Kenya will be prioritised in the Jubilee government’s free laptops programme, with 2,037 schools jumping to the front of the queue.
The Department of Education, Science and Technology’s summary report on budget for 2013/14 read by cabinet secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi to the Parliamentary Committee on Education said schools with availability of electricity, classrooms and storage devices would be given first priority.
- Green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said. The South African company, Altech Card Solutions, had won the R40 million tender to supply the Government Printing Works (GPW) with card personalisation machines and an automated mailing solution, manufactured by DataCard in the US.
The Jubilee Manifesto to have every class one child have access to a laptop may soon be realised, thanks to a locally made tablet established by a youth group.
The tablet dubbed Student with A Goal (Swag) has been made locally except for the screens which are not locally available, according to Innovator Society of Kenya information director, Omar Kochua. The group has 30 members.
- The ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), a sector lobby group was officially launched on Thursday May 16, 2013 at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel during a breakfast meeting. The ICT sector including some sub-sectors like Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) have been identified as key contributors to dealing with the huge unemployment in the country.
Ericsson and mobile operator Airtel have partnered to expand the Connect to Learn Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution, now enables 600 students to use ICT through cloud-based technology.
The two institutions, St. Anthony and Maera secondary schools in the Malawi Millennium Village of Mwandama, in Zomba district, have now been connected will now be connected to the initiative with students being joined by teachers in benefiting.
Fifty-five laptops, broadband internet access, online educational resources and training are included in the programme.