Microsoft to support laptop project
04 June 2013, 16:09
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has secured support of Microsoft
International in the implementation of the computer to schools
programme in the country.
Speaking during a meeting held at State
House Nairobi on Tuesday, Microsoft Global President Jean-Philippe Courtois
said his company will support the Government in training all primary
school teachers to enable them implement the computer to schools
programmes by January next year.
Courtois added that
his company will work with different partners to develop at least five
enterprises in each County to provide technical support in hardware,
connectivity and software to all schools in the country.
also assured the President that his organization will develop a
research and innovation hub at Konza Technology Park to support software
developers in the country adding that through Microsoft’s universal
access to broadband programme, the company will provide connectivity to
rural schools, hospitals and homes.
In welcoming the
support of Microsoft, President Kenyatta said his Government is ready to
enter into partnerships that will facilitate the implementation of ICT
programmes in the country in a cost-effective manner.
President assured Courtois that his Government will provide all the
facilitation needed to roll out the partnership in line with the
existing laws and regulations.
The President further
called upon the ministry of Education and Information Commination and
Technology to work closely together with Microsoft in order to come up
with a framework of rolling out the partnership immediately.
that the country has great potential to be a global center of ICT, the
Head of State said he will not allow Kenya to be a recipient of content
saying that his Government will empower citizens, especially the youth,
to develop ICT programmes themselves.
The President also
asked Microsoft International to develop a sustainable model that
includes local assembly of computers as well as local software and
content development which can be replicated in other Africancountries.
during the meeting were ICT Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i,
Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kememia, and Permanent Secretaries Bitange Ndemo (Information and Communication) and Prof. George
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