Safaricom boosts efforts to entrench e-Learning in Kenyan Schools

TO THE FUTURE: InfoCom PS Dr Bitange Ndemo(left) Mama Zipporah, Founder of Huruma Children's Home in Ngong and Safaricom Enterprise Business Unit General Manager Ms Sylvia Mulinge try their hands at e-learning tools during the launch of an e-Learning programme aimed at entrenching ICT education in Kenyan schools Dubbed 'Safaricom Blackboard Solution.'

Safaricom has launched an e-Learning program aimed at widening the reach and quality of ICT education in Kenyan schools.

Dubbed ‘Safaricom Blackboard Solution’, the program to be rolled out in conjunction with ICT partners, will see Safaricom, through its Enterprise Business Unit, donate computers and provide its countrywide internet platform to be used to advance this cause.

Information and Communications PS Dr Bitange Ndemo and Safaricom Enterprise Business Unit General Manager Ms Sylvia Mulinge presided over the launch at Huruma Children’s Home in Ngong.

Dr. Ndemo said that the Ministry of Education would partner with that of Information and Communications in an effort to validate information and content to ensure that what the children are taught is aligned with official curriculum and relevant to the job market.

“We want to maximize utility on our fibre optic cable infrastructure by ensuring that all public schools are connected to the internet. The ministry is currently engaged in a number of initiatives towards this end. I thank Safaricom for being a reliable partner in this quest,” said Mr Ndemo.

During the launch event, Safaricom donated 11 computers, an e-Board and various e-Learning content. The company also gave the home an internet connection at a subsidized rate of Ksh10, 000 for 1mb premium (listed price is Ksh 48,500).

“It is Safaricom’s commitment to ensure that as many schools as possible across the country are wired to the internet. As a company, we consider ICT a critical tool in the 21st century. We want to ensure that our children are well equipped with standard tools and knowledge to be productive citizens in the fast-changing world of technology,” said Ms Mulinge.

Huruma Children’s Home caters for 45 orphaned children, 22 of whom are HIV positive.