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The Sh95 billion Digital Literacy programme on course

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Authority is developing the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) Master Plan to guide the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

The authority has is week hosting 65 officers drawn from 15 government agencies and partners to review the progress.

The Authority’s chief executive Dr Katherine Getao said that the Digital Literacy Programme is on course and so far over 1.2million devices have been installed in 21,638 public primary schools countrywide in line with Vision 2030.

“The first phase of the project has been completed. A total of 331,000 teachers have been trained and content access, on a continuous basis, is being provided to public primary schools through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD),” she said.

Getao said that, so far Sh31billion have been injected into phase one project being cost for the digital devices while a further Sh64billion is earmarked for devices for phase two of the project.

While noting that education is a capital intensive, Getao explained that the DLP was critical in terms of delivering the 21st century skills to children to get information, learn how to use devices and read in a different subject area.

The Digital Literacy Programme is borne out of the Government of Kenya’s vision to make sure every pupil is prepared for today’s digital world, and to transform learning in Kenya into a 21st century education system.

This Digital Economy emphasizes on digital skills and promotes the vision of a digitally empowered citizenry and living in a digitally enabled society.

Under the Programme, the ICT Authority is supporting government efforts to integrate ICT into teaching and learning in Kenya. The programme aims to support the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

The CBC includes critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and innovation aimed at preparing learners to competitively participate in a knowledge-based economy.

The Programme is being implemented through a multi-agency approach where all the key implementing agencies have come together to facilitate the implementation.

The agencies are Ministries of Education, ICT, Energy, Industrialization, National Treasury, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation, Kenya Power.

Other agencies are Kenya Primary Schools Head Association, Kenya Institute of Special Education, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Communications Authority (CA) and Kenya society for the Blind.

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