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Nigeria borrows a leaf from Kenya’s digital literacy programme

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Caption: Information Cabinet Secretary  Joe Mucheru (left) with  Adebayo Shittu, Minister for Communications, Republic of Nigeria  when he paid him a courtesy call at  his Teleposta Towers Office recently.

The Nigerian government is seeking to replicate Kenya’s digital learning programme in a move aimed at transforming its education system in terms of content delivery in primary schools.

Nigerian Communications Minister Mr Barr Adebayo Shittu said knowledge is a shared resource which the two countries can exchange to improve their education systems. “Kenya is technologically ahead globally and its advancement in technology and innovation cannot be under-estimated,” he said.

Mr Adebayo who spoke at the launch of an assembly line at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) recently, asked university management to consider partnering with an upcoming Nigerian ICT University to fast-track the fruition of Kenyan idea in Nigeria.

He lauded the cabinet secretaries of ICT and Education Mr Joe Mucheru and Dr Fred Matiang’i for sterling work in the implementation of the digital literacy programme.

Mr Mucheru is also keen on the implementation of the Ksh1.4 trillion Konza Technology City, located in a 5,000-acre land off the Nairobi –Mombasa highway.

ICT and Innovations Principal Secretary Eng Victor Kyalo revealed that 1,200 devices are assembled at the university daily, adding that the Ministry intends to have over 1.2 million devices assembled before the end of the year 2017.

“We are aiming to have over 1.2 million digital devices completely assembled and distributed to public primary schools before the end of this year. This will not only be done here at JKUAT but also Moi University which also won the local assembling chance,” stated Eng. Kyalo.

While acknowledging the role of the National Treasury in funding the implementation of the programme, the Principal Secretary lauded the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for providing electricity to all public primary schools, thus easing the programme management that required electricity connectivity before installation.

Eng Kyalo said though not all schools have benefited from the programme, the initiative has been implemented in 8,660 public primary schools countrywide.

He urged Kenyans to facilitate the development of advanced technology, skills, innovations, new products and exploitation of our commercial potential. -By Joseph Kipkoech (KNA)

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