The County Government of Bungoma has signed a contract with EIDU to roll out a digital learning program targeting young learners in the county. The County Government of Bungoma will deploy the tech-enabled learning solution in 36 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) centres across the county.
The strategic partnership marks a significant milestone in advancing the integration of modern learning technologies into Kenya’s education system. This is in line with the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform, Kenya Vision 2030, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education for All).
(TOP: Dr. David Wanyonyi Bungoma, CECM for Education and Vocational Training – second left – and EIDU Head of Government Relations, Salome Mwaura – second right – sign a contract to begin the implementation of EIDU’s digital learning program targeting over 3,000 learners from 36 ECDE centres across the county. They are flanked by Abigael Walaka, Legal Officer, County Attorney office – left – and Nicholas Misoi, Chief Officer-Education. Over 230,000 learners from seven counties across Kenya are already using the program).
About 3,233 learners in grades PP1 and PP2 will benefit from the enhanced learning experience offered by the digital learning program. In addition, 108 teachers will be trained on how to use smart teaching devices to plan and deliver highly engaging lessons in the classroom, supporting them in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
“We are pleased to partner with the County Government of Bungoma to bring digital learning to early childhood education and to help improve learning outcomes drastically. This initiative aligns with our commitment to making quality education accessible to all. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact this partnership will have in Bungoma,” said EIDU’s MD, Dr. Max Dohna.
On his part, Bungoma County Executive Member for Education, Dr. David Wanyonyi Wamamili, hailed the partnership as a major step in integrating technology into the learning system at county level.
“Through this partnership, we are taking a proactive step towards modernizing our education system and ensuring that our students have access to the latest educational tools and resources,” said Dr. Wamamili.
Learners and teachers use smartphone devices to access the EIDU School App equipped with Mathematics and Language content in line with the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
The digital learning program is expected to greatly improve learning outcomes. Independent research conducted by Edtech Hub shows that learners who enjoy the EIDU digital learning program are ahead by months compared to the others without the program. Additionally, the program is expected to foster equity in education, as its offline capabilities make it suitable for urban and rural areas.
Under the contract agreement, 108 smartphones will be provided to the classrooms in addition to comprehensive training and ongoing support to teachers and county government ECDE officers, thus ensuring a smooth transition to the integrated learning platform.
The digital lesson plans’ content was developed in partnership with Kenyan teachers and schools, making it ideal for the local learning environment. Approximately 230,000 pre-primary learners across seven counties (Embu, Kiambu, Machakos, Makueni, Mombasa, Murang’a, and Nakuru) are already enjoying the digital learning program.
The program has also garnered support from parents and teachers with a study in other counties showing parental approval as high as 98% and teacher approval as high as 96%, with improved math and language skills cited as key benefits to learners.
EIDU’s digital tools also provide county officials with the capacity to monitor their education system, with relevant data on the classrooms that allows for decision making for a more efficient, impactful and inclusive educational environment.
EIDU is an organization that is committed to accelerating education system change globally. The organisation aspires for a world where every child can realize their full potential through quality education, using technology to empower governments and the global education community to improve education systems faster than ever before.