Gov’t shortlists firms to implement Digital Literacy Programme


Gov't shortlists firms to implement Digital Literacy Programme
Government of Kenya plans to implement digital Literacy Programme in 47 Counties PHOTO/COURTESY

Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) are among the companies that have been awarded tenders for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Digital Learning Solution for 22, 000 public primary schools in Kenya.

According to the Information Communication Authority (ICTA), the decision was reached after an evaluation process of eight suppliers who had submitted their tender responses.

“The winning bidders will now proceed to demonstrate their proposals feasibility in 150 selected schools across the 47 counties after which an evaluation will be made on whether they can start the full roll out of the program across all public primary schools in the country,” the ICT Authority says.

The schools in the country will benefit as they are distributed evenly across the 47 counties, with three schools picked and representing an urban, peri-urban and rural schools, where an additional nine others are allotted to Special Education Schools.

“A total of 66,000 teachers have been trained on digital literacy and are awaiting a refresher course in the next few weeks,” the authority said.

The programme aims at providing content for digital learning, provision of digital devices for both learners and teachers, and enhance capacity development for teacher and implementers.

“The components have so far been delivered on schedule with the Interactive Digital Content for Standard One pupils who were launched last year in December by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD),’’ the Authority said.

In relation to this the Ministry of Energy had earlier announced that it had almost completed connecting power to schools, in order to complement the project.

The project is being implemented through a multi-agency approach that consists of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in support with various stakeholders.

Others shortlisted are: Kenyatta University & BRCK Ltd/Guangzhou  Institute of Technology; Symphony Technologies Limited & Multimedia University/Equity Holding Group/Tsinghua  TongFang  Co. Ltd; Hewlett – Packard EA Limited; Dedan Kimathi University of Technology & Meru University of Science and Technology/Participatia Technologia; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology & POSITIVO BGH;
Moi University & JP SA Couto, S.A; Lenovo EA Limited,Trans Business Machine, Specicom &  Ensure Services
University of Nairobi & Huawei  Technologies Ltd.

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