Kenya Government Trains 70,000 Teachers in Readiness for Laptop Project Roll-out


The Government has been taking critical measures to ensure the success of the Jubilee Laptop Project called the Digital Literacy Program. The government has announced that it has trained 70,000 teachers in ICT skills in readiness for the project which begun earlier this month. According to Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i , the move will enable teachers and tutors teach and deliver content on a digital platform.

The CS said this during the 2016 Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium at SafariPark Hotel. The symposium has brought together various industry players from across the world to deliberate on trends and developments in the sector and their effects for human and institutional capacity building. It has also deliberated the strategic direction to both the international community with regards to issues relating to capacity building in the area of ICT.

CS Matiang’i also spoke of the increasing importance of ICT in education in fostering access and equity. “ICT serves as an important enabler in the provision of educational content. It improves how learners receive educational resources and ensures that all learners can receive this education”, he said. Dr. Matiang’i also addressed the issue of distribution of devices where it was perceived that children in private schools will not be eligible for the same “We have no private or public children and all children regardless of school will receive the devices’, he said. The training of teachers was open to those in private schools to allow them to impart these skills to their students.

The CS further spoke of the National Open Universal University which will rely solely on ICT in the delivery of education as one of the projects the government was keen on pursuing.