As part of ongoing efforts to bridge Kenya’s digital divide through basic education solutions, consumer electronics firm Samsung Electronics East Africa recently presented a donation of Samsung Galaxy Tablets to aid in e-learning at the Elim House of Grace Academy and Amaf Academy in Nairobi’s Kawangware area.
The pilot project geared at kick-starting basic education efforts to introduce E-learning programmes is part of Samsung’s support to the eLimu project.
Speaking during the handover event, Samsung Electronics Hand Held Products Leader Patricia King’ori, explained that the eLimu GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus incorporates content correlating to the national curriculum and features animations, videos, songs, music, games and quizzes to make the learning process more interactive, interesting, fun and engaging for students.
Under the partnership with eLimu, basic educational applications have been loaded on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus Samsung devices. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus boasts an enviably small form factor – it’s the size of a paperback book but possesses the computing power of a laptop. The 345-gramme lightweight and compact tablet can be operated with a single hand – ideal when you’re on the go.
“As part of our enterprise solutions development capacity, we are proud to be unveiling this one of a kind educational solution in Kenya to boost basic education development and overall digital divide bridging efforts,” said Ms Kingori, adding that Samsung tablets and the eLimu application are simply designed to enable children to easily learn and use it.
The eLimu Application now loaded on Samsung Galaxy Tablets includes extended learning content that focuses on responsible citizenship such as environmental, human rights, civic justice and even curriculum on personal financial literacy.
The tablet has been designed to deliver a stronger educational impact, with eLimu incorporating 3D animations, videos, songs, music, games and quizzes to make the learning process more fun and interactive and also to help students grasp complex concepts.
“Through the eLimu tablet, we are not only using technology as a tool through which we interact with information, ideas and passions, but also improving the quality of education by providing individualized workstations to the children and even teachers,” said Elim House of Grace Academy head teacher Solomon Safari.
The digital learning solution will be rolled out to other schools in Kenya later this year. The programme will also monitor the students’ learning outcomes by analysing their test scores; cognitive thinking and focus abilities; social and environmental consciousness; as well as IT literacy.