Airtel and UNICEF to Connect 30 schools with Five Years Internet Connectivity

November 11, 2022

About 30 schools and 10,500 learners are set to benefit from five years internet connectivity after Airtel Kenya in partnership with UNICEF launched this initiative yesterday.

The official launch was held at Ngei Primary school in Langata, Nairobi as it become the maiden school to benefit from this connectivity.

This initiative is in support of the Ministry of Education efforts to connect schools to the internet to expand digital learning.

Reimagine education an initiative by UNICEF aims to connect 1,000 plus schools in Kenya to the internet. Airtel in partnership with MOE will train teachers on ICT to help in smooth learning.

This will help improve education outcomes and increase opportunities for learners.

Earlier this year acting CEO ICT Authority, Dr. Kiprono Rono revealed that the ICT Authority had developed a Schoolnet program with an aim of connecting schools with internet.

Through this program over 1,000 schools or one school per Ward have been identified under phase one being implemented by UNICEF while 13 pilot schools are already connected to internet by Huawei.

The Digital Literacy programme was initiated in 2016 has four components which include training of teachers in DLP programme, creating content for the learners, electrification of schools by Kenya Power and Lighting Company and issuance of DLP devices to schools.

This programme aims at equipping students with the relevant digital skills so that they can be at par with the world and have a competitive edge in jobs and businesses whilst rolling out the country’s economy.

So far the government has distributed at least 1.2 million DLP devices to primary schools for use by pupils in grade 1-3 across the country.

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