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One Million digital learning devices connected to schools

The government has connected over one million devices in over 20,000 public primary schools in the country under the Digital Literacy Programme.

The Director, Shared Services at the ICT Authority (ICTA) Michael Odhiambo said a visit to various primary schools, which have benefited from the devices all over the country has proved that they were utilizing the devices.

Speaking at Iten Primary School in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Odhiambo said in a bid to power the programme, the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs in partnership with ICTA were implementing other key infrastructure projects like the National Optic Fibre Backbone Interface (Nofbi).

Noting that all county headquarters had already been connected, the Director said Nofbi was now being rolled out to all sub counties in a bid to cover the whole country, saying public institutions including all primary schools will be connected.

With the connection, he said, schools and especially those in the rural parts of the country, will now be able to access the internet in addition to minimizing expenses spent.

The director said DLP was a government flagship project under vision 2030, which aimed to integrate ICT in learning.

A teacher at Iten Primary School Margaret Yatich said the tablets have helped learners to gain interest in learning as it captures their interest.

Yatich said teachers in the school have been incorporating the gadgets during lessons, which she said excites the learners, making them to enjoy learning, even as they interact with technology.

By Alice Wanjiru and Walter Kibet

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