Cabinet Secretary of Defence Rachel Omamo on Tuesday inspected the Digital Literacy Programme in Baringo County where she officially launched the project at Kiboino primary school in Baringo Central Sub County.
Speaking during the launch, the CS appealed to Kenyans irrespective of their party affiliations to support the government’s noble project by speaking positively about it because it is transformational in nature.
Omamo said if Kenyans join hands around a strong idea like the laptop project nothing will stop it from being realized.
“Let us all unify around things that are transformational and let us be the change Kenya is yearning for. Please let us make Digital Literacy Programme a resounding success in the country,” the CS said.
She reiterated that the impact of the DLP once successfully implemented will be profound and irreversible emphasizing that the power of education with the coming of the laptops will change the country and make it a digitally driven economy.
The director ICT-DLP programme John Sergon who accompanied the CS said the government has procured more than 1.2 million facilities required for distribution to all the 23,000 public primary schools in the country.
Sergon said the government was committed to ensuring that all the schools are covered before the end of this year.
“I am appealing to parents not to move their children to schools that have already received the tablets as all public schools throughout the country are expected to receive the gadgets before the end of the year,” he said.
To hasten the implementation of the noble programme, the ICT director said, the government has recruited presidential digital talent officers for every county to champion the project which will make learning easy and enjoyable to the children.
The County TSC director Alex Cheruiyot said the provision of the tablets has made teachers’ work easier, enjoyable and interesting with absenteeism in many schools going down drastically as pupils do not want to miss using the gadgets.
“So far 1732 teachers in the county have been trained and in the next three weeks another batch of two teachers per school will undergo the training on learner digital device and how to use the blue laptops”, Mr. Cheruiyot said.
The county TSC director while underscoring the anxiety caused by the programme said in some areas pupils in standard three are contemplating going back to standard two so that they benefit from the digital literacy but “we are telling teachers not to allow them to repeat but allow them to access the devices.”
The occasion was also attended by Baringo County Executive Committee (CEC) member for education and ICT Lilian Sadala, Baringo Central deputy county commissioner Afred Muandale who said with provision of Digital Literacy Programme all hitherto far flung rural areas have been lit leading to significant improvement in security.
Source: Kenya News Agency.