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
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.