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Content for pupils digital literacy programme to be launched

EDUCATION
By Augustine Oduor | December 15th 2015

Implementation of the digital literacy programme for lower primary pupils moves a notch higher as part of the content is unveiled Tuesday.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will launch the interactive content for mathematics, science, social studies, English and Kiswahili subjects.

“Interactive animations, videos, audios, cartoons, exercises and quizzes have been used to improve the learning experience,” reads the brief seen by The Standard.

This development fits in with the digital literacy programme timelines that shows the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) should have developed the Standard One content and converted the same into a universal platform by December 2015.

Content for Standard Two and Three is required to be ready and converted into a universal platform by March 2016.

The brief says today’s launch is a culmination of extensive efforts in the Government’s initiative of incorporating information and communication technology (ICT) in education, as part of digital literacy programme.

“The importance of digital content for various levels of education is articulated in the education reform framework, which is on education quality, delivery, governance and imparting soft skills on learners,” reads the document.

This means that the 150 schools selected to pilot the roll out of the digital learning programme will have content to fast track the implementation.

The implementation brief shows that at least three schools per county have been selected for piloting under the proof of concept (Poc), ahead of the major roll out of the project in January 2016.

The project is divided into two phases, with the second phase scheduled to kick off in 2016.

Under the first phase, some 23,596 digital learning devices will be delivered to 11,000 schools.

Another 11,798 projectors will also be distributed in phase one to the selected schools.

So far, about 77,000 teachers have undergone the ICT training.

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