A Kenyan based engineering firm Burhani Engineers Limited is set to provide computer and engineering classes in primary and secondary schools in Kenya in a bid to create the next generation of experts
Engineering Power Classes will be taught once a week in the schools by Burhani team members.
The distribution is aimed at increasing interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and preparing the grassroots demographic for more technology-based career opportunities.
The Burhani support is coming on a backdrop of a recent study by the US department of education that projects an increase in STEM jobs even as the world incline towards technology.
The study shows that students perusing mathematics increase their chances of obtaining a job by 16 per cent, computer system analysis by 22 per cent, system software development by 32 per cent, medical scientists by 36 per cent and biomedical engineering by a whopping 62 per cent.
Last year‘s report by the Commission for University Education (CUE) titled State of University Education in Kenya showed that Less than 15 per cent of students enrolled in public and private universities take STEM courses, putting at risk Kenya’s quest for industrialization.
The study recommended that for Kenya to achieve its ambitious economic blue print, Vision 2030, it must produce a sufficient quantity of scientists and engineers in the short term.
This support is good news for the country’s digital learning programme that is set to instill computer studies into pupils from class one.
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
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 Digi School.
The national programme which will include distribution of computers in selected schools will start in Kibra constituency in Nairobi where the firm signed partnership with the Kibra MP’s Office on Friday last week
Already, 10 primary schools and the sub county education directorate have been selected to receive 10 computers in the first round.
“East Africa is industrializing at a very rapid pace; and our population needs to align with emerging opportunities. We need our workforce to have the necessary skills to be competitive in these highly technical areas, ” said Zoher Pirbhai, Managing Director, Burhani Engineers Limited
Moderated by by Funke Michaels-Miano, an MIT and Harvard University Fellow, the initiative will benefit Kibra schools including Kibera Primary, Toi Primary, Mbagathi Primary, Olympic Primary, Redrose school, Kibera Secondary, Mbagathi secondary, Olympic secondary and the sub county education directorate.