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MultiChoice extends free DStv access to Kenyan schools

SCI & TECH
By - Fredrick Obura | November 19th 2012

By Fredrick Obura

Pay television provider, MultiChoice Kenya has established 25 more resource centres in public schools in its belief that robust community development initiatives are essential for sustainable business.

The new additions will increase the number of beneficiary public secondary institutions to 150, drawn across the country.   

Speaking while officiating the launch at Imale School, earmarked as a centre of excellence in Machakos County, the Minister of Education, Mutula Kilonzo lauded MultiChoice Kenya for its interest in assisting to mould young minds through the use of advanced educational programming.  “This effort is aimed to supplement the already commendable efforts of the secondary teachers’ fraternity by giving them and their students a window into the latest trends and developments on the international scene,” he said.

Under this initiative, schools are provided with digital satellite technology and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet, which includes seven documentary, educational and current affairs channels.

“Technology and education can blend seamlessly as illustrated in the rapid uptake of the initiative by teachers and students over the years,” said MultiChoice East Africa regional director, Stephen Isaboke. Selected by Ministry of Education, the schools reflect a diverse cross section across counties among them; Isiolo, Wajir, Baringo, Taita Taveta and Nairobi.

According to Isaboke, the DStv Education Bouquet provides a rich and varied learning resource environment that encourages exploration and brings subject matter to life.

“It is both a reference source and means for teachers to explain difficult concepts in a visual manner.”

The MultiChoice Resource Centre programme is implemented in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education

“While MultiChoice leverages its technology platform and content as a powerful learning tool, our partnership with the Ministry of Education ensures capacity building and ongoing support of teachers unlock the full potential of the resources in the classroom” says Isaboke.

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