The ICT Authority, Ag. CEO, Robert Mugo, has today officially launched the 2018 Digital Literacy Program (DLP) workshop that has been planned to review the first phase of the program and plan a road map for phase II.
Mr. Mugo said that in the first phase of the program, ICT Authority has spearheaded the distribution of over one million devices have been distributed to over 19,000 public primary schools across the country and development of digital learning content in Math, English, Science and Kiswahili. To deliver that content are over 91,000 teachers who have been trained on various aspects of ICT.
He added that DLP is an initiative that is multiagency and multi-faceted as represented in this room today. In this regard therefore, allow me to recognize the following agencies whose role in DLP is critical: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industrialization, Special Needs Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Teachers’ Service Commission, Rural Electrification Authority, Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association and Kenya National Union of Teachers.
He also said that Kenya Vision 2030 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary over the period April-October 2018. ICT Authority will be showcasing DLP as flagship project which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities to all and more importantly, increasing the role of Kenya as a global leader and pace setter in ICT.
‘’As the Lead implementing agency for DLP the ICT Authority has enhanced internet connectivity countrywide. The NOFBI project has already laid out over 6,000kms of fibre countrywide and this will ensure that there is internet connectivity in all the public primary schools to enable the digital learning that DLP is targeting’’, Mugo added.
The CEO also said that the ICT Authority is committed to continue efforts that promote digital literacy and in the context of DLP, to the teachers so that that they can be fully equipped with the requisite skills to effectively implement digital schooling.
The interagency meeting happening this week in Mombasa will unpack DLP in the context of Vision 2030 & MTP III and the outcome will be a review report of the program plus come up with a roadmap for the next phase of the project.