REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Health CS delivers 121 tablets in Taita Taveta County

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TAITA TAVETA, Kenya, 25 October 2016 – Mwandisha Primary School in Taita Taveta County, has received 121 tablets under the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP).

The gadgets were delivered to 115 class one pupils, in Mwatate Sub County by the Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu on Tuesday.

 The school which was established in 1957 becomes the 22nd school in the County to receive the digital gadgets under the DLP that targets 1 million 2016 Class one pupils in 23,000

public primary schools.  The Taita Taveta County which has 199 primary schools has so far received a total of 996 tablets.

During the launch the CS noted that DLP is a flagship project for the Government and part of the Vision 2030’s Social Pillar aimed at making Kenya a knowledge based economy. The programme puts the country in the right track to be a global ICT player.

“Even as we await with conviction the transformative effect of this critical program in our country, we can already see real benefits of the project in form of electricity to schools and communities, employment opportunities arising from ICT support centers across the country especially for our youth, increased ICT skills and business opportunities for digital content developers and publishers.”

  “Our presence here is a sign that the government is committed to preparing our children for the 21st Century and we must ensure that we use these devices so that our country can take its place in the digital world. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we fulfil our Children’s dreams,” said the CS.

The CS revealed that the government has set aside special tablets for children with special needs to ensure no one is left out. The government he added has trained and equipped 60,000 teachers with ICT skills to ensure successful implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme.

According to Audrey Mwandonyi, a teacher at Mwandisha Primary School, the digital devices will make learning interactive for the children and make it easy for tutors to explain concepts. She commended the government for delivering its promise and making the digital  dream come true for the class one pupils.

“You can imagine teaching parts of a plant to the pupils during the dry season and you have to explain what a flower is. It becomes very difficult to teach and you have to look for coloured chalk so as to draw and colour the flower. These devices make it easy for the children and they are able to retain that memory,” she noted.

The County Director of Education, Bridget Wambua urged the school heads to take good care of the devices to ensure they serve the 2017 class one pupils.

The Deputy County Commissioner Shufa Mwahima promised to provide sufficient security for all the primary schools to ensure the tablets are safe. Also present was the County CEC for Health Dr. Gifting Mkaya, CEC for Education Jemimah Tuja and other County leaders.

The Digital Literacy Programme is being coordinated by the Ministries of Education, Information Communication and Technology, Energy and Industrialization, Teachers Service Commission, Kenya National Union of Teachers with incorporation of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers. All Cabinet and Principal Secretaries are expected to spearhead this process and launch the programme in various public primary schools across the country.