The first 5,000 laptop devices arrive in Kenya as part of the Digital Literacy Program

digitalIt was a big morning for Kenya as they received a Cargo from China containing the 5,000 devices expected for the pilot run of the Digital Literacy program. The gadgets are set to be coming in bulks of 30,000 come September in a bid to promote the Digital Literacy Program (DLP.)

Speaking in an interview the Information Communication and Technology Principal Secretary, Victor Kyalo claimed that the government’s aim is to ensure that by December students at each of the 22,000 public primary schools have a device. Kyalo added, “We are talking about 1.2 million devices for both teachers and pupils. Arrival of this first batch of 5000 is a step towards realization of state’s agenda of providing laptops to all primary school children.”

ICT Authority officials were also present at the inauguration and stated, that the devices will be inaugurated in selected phase one schools. PS Kipsang made a heartwarming statement during the event, “It is part of our dream to ensure learning is not only made exciting by improving the curriculum but also changing the learning environment.” The ICT Authority are expecting to distribute 600,000 devices to 11,000 schools in the first phase and to repeat this in the second as well as providing the remaining primary schools with 600,000 devices. By March they are hoping to have covered all 23,951 Primary schools across the country.

A recent report shows that the government have spent Sh32 billion on electrifying 23,000 schools which were once connected to the national grid or solar power. The first phase expected to start next week comes after the successful pilot stage took place not long ago in which 12,000 gadgets where set up in 150 schools. The pilot phase took place in order to indicate which contractor would be part of the project. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural and Technology (JKUAT) and Moi University/JP Courto signed contracts worth Sh19 billion in July due to the success of the pilot phase.