Digital learning in Kenyan primary schools has received a huge boost, thanks to a partnership between Samsung Electronics East Africa and Virtual Essence, an e-learning solutions provider, to deliver digital content
The deal will see Samsung bundle the Msingi pack e-learning software for lower and upper primary classes with the Galaxy Tab A 7” tablet for the benefit of teachers, parents and learners who want to interact with up-to-date educative content and school revision material.
The Msingi pack application has e-learning content in the common subject areas of Mathematics, English, Swahili, Science and Social studies.
Mid this year, the government embarked on its free lap top project by distributing over 12,000 learning devices to 150 public primary schools as the pilot for Digital Literacy Programme.
The government intends to distribute 1.2 million devices to public primary schools across the country by next year in a programme that has since been re-branded DigiSchool.
The devices being handed to schools include; luminous green tablet for the pupils, sky blue laptop for the teachers, projector and digital content server and wireless router. Special schools will receive a sky blue laptop for special needs learners and a Braille embosser.
They are pre-loaded with content for Standard One and Two in five subjects, approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Samsung Electronics East Africa’s content partnering is part of the company’s initiative to fast-track the entry of African youths into the electronics job market and to reduce the shortage of scarce skills in the IT industry.
It for instance has Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS) Program that utilizes cloud technology digital innovation to enhance the quality of education in rural areas that are outside the grid by providing a technology-rich learning and teaching environment.
The program focuses on the deployment of ICT Infrastructure like the Samsung Interactive Whiteboard, commonly called E-board, the multi-purpose Samsung printer and Samsung tablets.
This technology-laden environment is complimented with professional development of educators, content generation and management, as well as sharing best practices in the integration of ICT in enhancing learning and teaching, in the classroom.
The firm recently signed a Sh10 billion bilateral deal which is expected to be an important accelerator of growth.