What is DigiSchool?
DigiSchool is the brand name for the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), a programme borne out of the Government of Kenya’s vision to make sure every pupil is prepared for today’s digital world. The programme introduces primary school children, beginning with those in lower primary, to the use of digital technology and communications in learning. DLP is targeted at learners in all public primary schools in Kenya and will cover all the 23,951 primary schools, and nearly 1 million 2016 Class 1 pupils, with a combination of the use of technology, content and teaching, to transform learning in Kenya into a 21st century education system.
DigiSchool is led by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) and is executed through a multi stakeholder approach with the ICT Authority as the implementing body.
Key components of the Digital Learning Programme:
- Provision of digital devices for both learners and teachers.
- Capacity development for teacher and implementers
- Broadband connectivity devices
- Provision of content for digital learning.
- Establishment of local assembly for digital devices and related accessories.
Objectives of Digital Learning Programme:
- Entrenching ICT in the teaching and learning process and management of education in primary schools.
- Equipping public primary schools with appropriate ICT infrastructure to support teaching and learning process.
- Developing capacity of education managers, primary school teachers and other stakeholders to enable them use the wide range of ICT tools in teaching-learning process and management of schools.
- Facilitating the development and accreditation of appropriate digital content that will enhance acquisition of 21st century skills.
- Promoting universal access and equitable distribution to ICT infrastructure in primary schools
- Integrating sustainable and affordable digital programme in Kenya education system
- Development of skills for a knowledge economy
- Promoting research and development
- Promoting locally assembled/manufactured goods and services
- Enhancing job creation through digital content creation, e-waste management of worn devices, and local assembly of devices
- Enhanced connectivity to power and the internet for the large community
- Opening up participation in the education system to the community through school websites, emails, and blogs