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Partnership to enhance ICT adoption in local schools

04 August 2014, 22:16

Nairobi - A new partnership to support e-learning and integration of information and communications technology in education has been announced in Nairobi.

Orange, the integrated telecommunications solutions provider, has partnered with the Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) to support the initiative that has culminated in the donation of 60 modems to teachers in Nakuru and Machakos Counties.

The two year programme, which is also supported by the Mastercard Foundation, aims to train teachers to integrate technology in education through everyday learning for students in rural areas.

Announcing the partnership, Orange Chief Executive Officer, Mickael Ghossein, said his company was committed to the development of ICT for schools through digital solidarity, a key pillar in the Orange Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

“Orange already has a firm Internet presence in the country through fibre and GSM technology and as such is in a good position to influence the development and integration of ICTs in schools, in rural areas,” he said.

He added, “Our network is the most extensive in Kenya with unique capacity to also support counties with a dedicated link to the remotest parts of this country. The endorsement by the regulator, Communication Authority of Kenya, as having the best 3G network in terms of quality of service goes to show the Company’s performance backed by the rolling of 3G network across the country in transforming our operations to enhance service delivery.”

GESCI Country Project Manager, Esther Mwiyeria, indicated that the programme helped secondary school teachers in Kenya and Tanzania to inspire, motivate and help their students to better perform in the critical subject areas of Science, Technology, English and Mathematics.

“SIPSE’s (Strengthening Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education) bespoke e-Learning platform is complemented by an m-learning application that increases access to content, making ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning possible. Thousands of students will benefit from the improved teacher competencies and new learning materials from the four beacon and 16 general project schools across Kenya and Tanzania.

"We see our association with Orange as an avenue to improve the reach of the program to teachers in rural schools and look forward to having a long term partnership with Orange to reach more of these teachers in those remote schools,” she said.

GESCI was established in 2003 by the United Nations ICT Task Force which identified education as an area in critical need of development, and one where ICT has the potential to make a positive impact.

 – CAJ

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