Digital literacy programme will change, enhance and transform education and the lives of children. National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says the “overall objective of the Digital Literacy Programme is to prepare our children for the 21st skills needed in today’s globally competitive environment.”
He was speaking at the launch of the Digital Literacy Programme in Kitui County at Kyandula Primary School today. Mr Rotich said that the programme lagged behind because electricity was required first before the roll-out.
The Cabinet Secretary said that it is important to safeguard and protect all the equipment for the programme to achieve its objectives. He said the programme would sustain and manage the cost of education through cloud computing and digital content and enhance the learning ecosystem for all stakeholders including children, teachers, management and parents.
Mr Rotich said the programme is expected to cover 23,951 public primary schools in Kenya and a total of 1.2 million learner digital devices would be distributed by end December 2016. He distributed 35 tablets, two laptops, one projector, a hard disc and a server to Kyandula Primary School.
The CS said that by the end of October 2016, a total of 3,000 public primary schools would be covered. He said that Rural Electrification Authority has already connected more than 22,237 schools to either electricity or solar energy and that all public primary schools would have spillover effects to nearby villages and homes thereby enhancing last mile connectivity and generally improve people’s standard of living.
The last mile connectivity currently stands at 91 per cent. Mr Rotich said all primary children will be expected to achieve a 100 per cent transitional rate into high schools. He said that the government is in the process of upgrading schools and constructing Kitui Teachers Training College.
He said that the President is expected to launch the construction and tarmacking of Kitui-Mutomo-Kibwezi Road in the next two-to-three-weeks. In order to boost security, the CS said that the Government has given the security agencies enough vehicles and the chiefs and their assistants have received motor bikes countrywide.
Those who attended the launch included the area MP Dr Rachel Kaki Nyamai, education executives and officials and other county officials.