Kenya has made great strides in ICT and innovation and has become exemplary to other African countries in terms of ICT development and application in some of its sectors.
The government, through the stewardship of the ministry of ICT initiated the Digital Literacy Program (DLP) out of the conviction that technology has the power to bring about systemic change in basic and higher education by transforming teaching and learning through integrating technology in the learning environment.
With full implementation of the DLP project, the government expects increased national digital literacy levels and revolution of the countries digital economy.
It’s against this backdrop that the Nigerian Minister of Communication Barrister Adebayo Abdul-Raheem Shittu is in the country to learn what Kenya has done in this program and possibly, replicate it in Nigeria. He acknowledged that Kenya has surpassed Nigeria in ICT development and that in future, Nigeria and Kenya could work together by focusing on synergies both could pick from each other to boost and leverage on ICT.
Speaking during this tour, the Principal Secretary of ICT and Innovation Eng. Victor Kyaloemphasized this program’s value service chain. Teaching and learning were the driving parameters of this project yet a lot more has been gained. For a school to be E-ready, power, security and water was also provided besides the creation of local centers of excellence to assemble the required devices at JKUAT and at the Moi University. Above all, Kenyan children have been put at the center of this project – allowing and enabling them to be digitally literate from an early age.
ICT is a great catalyst of development and programs such as the DLP are equalizers of digital opportunities for our Kenyan children because regardless of who they are or where they are, they will access digital education without discrimination or favor.