Two primary schools in Kajiado County are the beneficiaries of an ICT-in-education project through which Camara Education in a bid to increase computer literacy.
The project by Camara Education in partnership with Dell and Computer Aid at Al-Huda Muslim Primary and Ngong Township Primary School – sets up computers in classrooms and solar powered labs. There are two labs in each school and the classrooms have also been equipped.
Mr. Mayquva Wanjala, the Principal of Al-Huda Muslim Primary School said the project is going to impact very much positively to the community. “I am sure the youth are going to realize their dreams through research, experience and networking. It is the best thing to me that can happen to a visionary society.”
Speaking during the launch, Mr. Daniel Oloo, the Camara Education Country Manager for Kenya noted that they’ll keep working with the schools to ensure that the facility and computers in the labs are kept in good condition.
“Camara Education will continue to focus on contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 quality education and 8 which aims to ‘promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. The partnership with Dell, Computer Aid and the Kenya government has developed new lessons,” he said.
Camara Education has been working with Kenyan schools for over ten years, providing ICT skills and hardware to teachers and students alike in over 800 schools during that time through its social enterprise model.
Supporting and aligning with the Ministry of Education’s Digital Literacy Project, Camara Education has teamed up with Dell and Computer Aid to provide access to information technology and skills through the Dell Youth Learning Program giving the schools the opportunity to start on their digital journey for integrating ICT into their everyday lessons.
The Solar Powered labs program helps to deliver sustainable and affordable connectivity to schools. Using a combination of solar power, energy-efficient Dell Wyse technology and air-cooled servers, the labs are built into well-lit, well-ventilated shipping containers and help take electricity supply out of the equation while bringing internet connectivity into the heart of communities.
The Primary School ICT learning and Solar Program is complementing the implementation of the Digital Literacy Program by the Government (DLP) in all 23,951 public primary schools countrywide. The focus of DLP (or DigiSchools) program is to enhance learning through the use of digital technologies with emphasis on digital content, not devices. The project targets to deliver over 1.2 million devices in two years at a cost of sh29 billion with additional investment in school infrastructure, teacher training, electricity connections and content development.