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Digital migration will benefit Kenya if used correctly

16 December 2013, 19:33 Kelvin Karani

Mombasa - As the country is migrating to the digital world, the students and all people are asked to emulate to the migration with extra caution.

Speaking at Bamburi Beach Hotel after launching the book, My Century At The Kenyan Coast which entails the life and biography of 98 years old Mzee Kilingi Ngala. CEO of Canon Literature media, Sheila Bosire said that the migration to digital side such as using computer and internets will be advantageous if embraced with care to avoid sleeping on the digital side and forgetting the full use and mandate of digital migration.

She said, “books might be taken as a past tense by fools but those who know what they are doing will use digital media to make part of their work easy. Nobody should cheat others by saying that books will not be read because other advanced countries still use books.”

She said that computers have been used to store and carry notes or large information through the use of I-pads and all should see the benefit of such gadgets by using them in the right way.

“Gadgets are used by the learned to store delicate information while some use it in the wrong way by storing music, videos and other stuffs that are not useful and that’s what judges those who are lost in the digital world and those who know where they are,” she said.

She also added that migration should not be seen as a scapegoat for students who might think that they will not need books anymore due to the availability of internet access, but should use the internet to search for information from books that are online. She said that the attitude of the digital migration can be changed if the reading culture among the Kenyans and the students is changed.

“In America such migration took place many years ago but students still read books.The problem here is that most of us have a poor reading culture and it should be stopped if we want to positively change this country,” she said.

E-books are part of what is expected to change due to the digital migration where information from text books can be read in the websites. She added that laptops when introduced to Kenya will ensure that today’s children are able to fit in the current competitive world and encourages all to embrace the digital world, including those who are viewing negatively.

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