Startups seek to integrate technology into classrooms in Kenya

Startups seek to integrate technology into classrooms in Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Digital Literacy program, started in 2013, it is promising to deliver 1.2 million devices in 21,718 public primary schools by the end of 2017. The experience of different Digital Literacy program implementation partners throughout the past four year has shown that more is needed than only providing devices to students to  increase students’ performance.  This has driven tech startups to experiment in the creation of digital classrooms.

According to an article published by The Guardian, digital literacy startups in Kenya are currently promoting new approaches that involve both students and educators in the usage of technology to enhance their classroom experience. An example of this is eLimu local platform that converted Kenya’s school curriculum into an interactive software that runs on tablets. Another one is BRCK’s Kio Kit, which is a portable digital classroom with a hot spot, a server with pre-selected educational content and 40 remote wireless tablets.

As indicated in the article, although little evidence has been gathered describing the specific impact of electronic devices in educational dynamics, digital education is a trend that will continue to grow in the coming years driving more startups to continue finding new ways to integrate technology into classrooms.

Source: The Guardian