e-Kitabu advances education through technology

A total of 13,064 essays were submitted in this year’s Digital essay competition compared to 5,305 last year, an increase of 146.26 percent.

44 out the 47 counties participated in the competition with about 358 public and private, mainstream and special needs schools all taking part in the competition, which was opened from 10th April to 3rd August.

Speaking on Friday in Nairobi, Senior Program Manager eKitabu, Michael Ng’eno said this year they had received the highest number of essays attributing it to Collaboration with teachers and partnerships from Embassy of France in Kenya and Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu initiative among others.

This year we can see students from mainstream and special needs schools envisioning how they can use ICT to help reach the goal of inclusive and quality education for all, noted Ng’eno.

The Digital Essay Competition was established in 2013 by eKitabu to advance education through the use of technology with teachers and students in all schools across Kenya.

Ng’eno added that essays were submitted according to categories, including English, Kiswahili, French, German and Arts for both upper primary and secondary levels.

While addressing the media, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) eKitabu, Will Clurman said they included learners with disabilities to ensure no one was excluded in the digital literacy programme.

Inclusion of learners with disabilities in the competition has widened access to ensure no one is left behind in realizing the aims of Kenya’s Digital Literacy Program and Kenya’s new education sector policy for learners and trainees with disabilities, added Clurman.

Clurman said the winners will be announced next week on the 26th September at the Nairobi International Book Fair.

He congratulated the participants for their efforts and displaying a wide range of creativity. The majority of the students in their essays have demonstrated a great understanding of the topic that that was given and it was noticeable that their teachers contributed immensely to their highly skilled essay writing techniques, said Clurman.

This year’s students were answering the question How can technology bring us closer to quality education for all or Ni vipi technoljia inaweza kutufikisha karibu na elimu bora kwa wote

The Marketing Manager eKitabu, Mercy Musyoka said this year they are awarding a total of 126 winners from all categories, who will receive both cash awards (scholarship) and computing devices.

Source: Kenya News Agency