from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – PUPILS from disadvantaged and remote areas are to gain equitable access to digital learning in Kenya.
This follows the piloting of the Accessible Digital Textbook by Nokia and United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF).
The launch of the partnership is to boost digital literacy in primary schools in the East African country.
Nokia and the Finnish National Committee for the UNICEF and UNICEF Kenya have launched the shared-value partnership during this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week.
It aims to increase equitable access to digital literacy for some of the most disadvantaged children in Kenya’s remotest parts.
This includes girls and children with disabilities in urban informal settlements and some of the most remote areas.
The partnership builds on the Government of Kenya’s investment in the Digital Literacy Project which provided 1 million tablets to primary schools with a focus on improving the availability and use of quality digital content.
It brings together stakeholders from the Government of Kenya’s Ministries of Education and ICT, as well as the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), children, teachers, content providers and mobile network operators in Kenya, to address challenges and unlock opportunities for digital learning and literacy.
Dr Julius Jwan, CEO of KICD, said with technical and financial support provided by UNICEF and active participation of children with disabilities, KICD had successfully produced the first accessible digital textbook for children in Grade 1, contributing to equitable access to digital literacy.
Maniza Zaman, Representative of UNICEF in Kenya, said, “This is a major step in furthering inclusive education through innovative technology for children in Kenya and beyond.”
Joachim Wuilmet, Nokia’s head of Marketing and Communications, Middle East and Africa, said they excited to work with UNICEF and the Government to connect schools in remote areas to inspire tomorrow’s leaders in Kenya.
“We are committed to using our technologies to meet the goals of sustainable development worldwide,” Wuilmet said.
– CAJ News