Mwalimu National Sacco has launched an initiative to digitize and improve service delivery in the country’s education sector.
Mwalimu National Sacco has partnered with Intel and other industry partners to promote the “Mwalimu Digital” initiative. Under this program, Mwalimu National will provide teachers in Kenya with low-interest and friendly loans to acquire a modern computer.
(TOP: Intel East Africa GM, Danie Steyn and Microsoft’s GM for East Africa- Kunle Awosika look on as Mwalimu National Sacco CEO, Robert Shibutse signs the agreement).
The Mwalimu Digital Program is expected to complement the Teacher Service Commission’s Digital Transformation of schools.
Mwalimu National Sacco CEO, Robert Shibutse said the campaign will support Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project.
“Theprogramme we are launching today will enable Mwalimu National complement the Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project by reducing affordability barriers for teachers in Kenya to acquire their own devices and become digital professionals,” said Shibutse.
Under the program, Mwalimu National Sacco members will enjoy discounted prices on a number of Lenovo laptops starting from Kshs 27,995 and the 2-in-1 TECNO Winpad 10 at Kshs 26,995. In addition, they will have access to loans from the Sacco with monthly repayments that start as low as Kshs 1,019. The laptops will also come bundled with free Microsoft Office 365 for 1 Year, extended warranties, and digital teacher content from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The Lenovo laptops’ offer will be exclusively available at Nakumatt Supermarkets countrywide while the TECNO Winpad 10 offer will only be available at Safaricom shops countrywide. To access the offers, Mwalimu National Sacco members will be required to get in touch with the Sacco offices countrywide.
Speaking during the launch event, Intel GM for East Africa, Danie Steyn said, “As part of our strategy in Africa, Intel is committed to supporting programs that accelerate technology adoption byenabling more people to access affordable and relevant technologies. We have initiated this program with MwalimuNational Saccowith the objective of getting more teachers connected and empowered with digital skills. While the world is transforming to a digital village, the classrooms in Africa are yet to catch up.We believe Mwalimu digital programis going to empower teachers to prepare students for the 21st century workplace where ICT is now becoming mainstream”.
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with partners such as Safaricom, UNICEF, Intel and Kenya Institute of Education have embarked on rolling out an e-learning program through support on building the infrastructure, capacity building the stakeholders and developing digital curriculum support materials for Kenyan schools, to enable the teaching and learning activities be carried out using technology.
Shibutse said ICT has the potential to bridge the knowledge gap in terms of improving quality of education, increasing the quantity of quality educational opportunities, making knowledge building possible through borderless and boundless accessibility to resources and people and reaching populations in remote areas to satisfy their basic right to education.
Mwalimu National is today the largest Sacco in Africa with over 70,000 members. It draws membership from employees of the Teachers’ Service Commission in post primary institutions, TSC secretariat and Mwalimu Sacco staff.