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Schools, teachers benefit from IT hubs

20 September 2013, 14:00

Nairobi - More than 100 schools are now enjoying internet access after a recent partnership between the British Council and Microsoft culminated in the launch of 18 digital hubs across the country.

Students, teachers and officials from the organisations hailed the development.

“The computers are easy to use and very enjoyable to learn with,” said a student in one of the Nairobi-based schools that benefited from the project.

Gideon Wasike - a head teacher at one of the beneficiary schools said the project had triggered positive impact from the students as it increased their interest in education.

“They are now able to do lot of research on their own,” said Wasike.

The digital hub project is a boost to the government laptop project that seeks to provide every primary school-going child with a laptop.

Each computer from the British Council and Microsoft partnership had an installed Microsoft’s Encarta reference encyclopedia.

The British Council said the digital hub would have full internet access after signing a three-year deal with Bharti Airtel earlier this week.

Some 2 000 teachers have been trained specifically in IT skills with the objective to facilitate the implementation of the project.

Eight other Sub-Saharan countries also benefited from the project bringing to 127 the total number of digital hubs.

Earlier on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta re-affirmed his pledge to improve ICT development in the country during the 29th graduation ceremony at Moi University.

- CAJ News

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