PROJECT UPDATE ON THE DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAMME (DLP) Feb. 2021

PROJECT UPDATE ON THE DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAMME (DLP)
1.The total cost of implementing phase II as planned is KES 64 Billion. The procurement was done through a framework agreement which means that only the number actually needed in each financial year will be procured up to a maximum total expenditure of KES 64 Billion. The budget allocated for DLP Phase II in the current financial year is KES 506 million

2.There are 1,169,000 million devices that have been distributed to 21,638 public primary schools countrywide. The ICT Authority carried out a Monitoring & Evaluation study between May and June 2019, in 15 counties, to measure usage of ICT devices in schools and the report showed a usage and utilization of 64.67% at that time.The Ministry of Education, KICD, TSC and the ICT Authority have designed strategies to increase usage. A new M & E study is in progress at the ICT Authority to measure the current level of usage.

3.The tablets distributed in Phase I will are intended to serve early learners at grades 1 to 3 in a “learn to use” methodology. The Phase II laptops ae designed to serve Grades 4 to 6 using a “use to learn” methodology where the laptops are used to enhance the learning in all subject areas. A final phase is under preparation where the pupils in the terminal years of their basic education will use ICTs to enhance their areas of special talent.

4.There are 22,258 public primary schools that have power connections. Of these 3,239 have been provided with a solar energy solution while the balance are connected to the national grid.

Additional Information to the Editor

Introduction & Background

HE. President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) in 2016.The ICT Authority was then tasked to implement the programme on behalf of the Ministry of ICT, Innovation & Youth Affairs. The Authority is working alongside other government agencies such as the Ministries of Education, Industrialization & Energy. The Teachers’ Service Commission, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the Rural Electrification and Energy Renewal Corporation and the Kenya Institute of Special Education.

The objective of DLP is to integrate ICT into formal education as spelt in the Competence Based Curriculum which is currently being rolled out in the Early Years Education (EYE). The program aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy as stipulated in Kenya’s Vision 2030 development blueprint.

The government of Kenya is committed to becoming a competitive knowledge based economy by institutionalizing ICT through digital learning. We urge Kenyans and stakeholders to support this endeavor.

DLP is a response to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), number four, emphasizes on inclusive and equitable education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all. This makes ICT a key component in the realization of the goal. In order to achieve the goal, the Government of Kenya prioritized the use of ICT in learning in schools in 2005. This was in line with Sessional Paper number 2005 and approval of the National ICT Policy of 2006.This was in response to the need to use technology in the delivery of the curriculum and learning in schools.

In 2008, the country adopted Vision 2030 as its economic blue print. The Vision envisages the realization of an e-school program through resource mobilization for effective delivery of education content in the digital and knowledge economy. In addition, technology will be deployed to support learners with special needs.

The Vision 2030 further outlines that the Government of Kenya will roll out a Laptop Programme. Its components include developing infrastructure (energy, security & connectivity), installing devices, developing content and building of teachers’ ICT capacity. This will enable ICT integration into teaching and learning. The Medium Term Plan II (MTP II) emphasizes on the need for the ICT, Energy and Education sectors collaborate to ensure all learning institutions have access to electricity and are also provided with ICT infrastructure, connecting them to the World Wide Web (www).

2.0 Milestones/Successes
2.1 Under phase I of the programme, over one million digital devices were distributed to 19, 0000 public primary schools countrywide. An estimated 91,000 teachers were trained on how to use the new technology for teaching and learning.

2.2 Government of Kenya is putting in place every effort toward the roll out of the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) Phase II this year.
During this phase the Programme will adopt the SMART Lab model and it is themed “Using to Learn” the technology. It covers learners in classes one to six who will share the modern lab. These SMART computer laboratories will promote collaborative learning in schools where grade 4 to 6 learners will be exposed to technological tools for learning to enhance creativity and innovation.

2.3 In Phase III, it is envisioned to cover all learners in primary school and is themed using “using the technology to create and innovate”. By that time the advanced learners in grade seven and above will shape concepts towards production and will have acquired digital skills that will make them innovators and so employers of themselves and others.

2.4 Through DLP, the government is spurring manufacturing. Already, the JKUAT manufacturing plant rolls out 600 devices daily while the Moi University factory rolls out 1,250 devices daily. So far, over 100,000 learning devices have been assembled locally. Its hoped that the assembly plants in these universities will manufacture electronic devices for the local market and see the country’s manufacturing sector thrive.

2.5 Under the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), over one million digital devices have been supplied to 19,666 schools countrywide and 91,526 teachers trained. Some 22,675 schools have been connected to power and two local assembly plants identified.

2.6 Last year, the ICT Authority partnered with academia to develop a home grown fit-for purpose device that will be used by learners from low income households.

Together with over 20 innovators from JKUAT, Moi, DeKUT and Kenyatta University the ICT Authority CEO Commissioned the project to design and prototype the digital learning device, which is an ongoing process.

The ICT Authority has also crafted the DLP Master Plan which will guide how the programme will respond to the emerging issues in ICT for education.

How will learning look like in Kenya 10 years from now?

-Remote learning and E-learning will most likely have taken root

-Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) will most likely be in use and this will help to improve learning outcomes

-There will most likely be use of other technologies such as cloud and mobile telephony for teaching and learning as well as a repository for learning materials

-There will be more Learner Centric Content so they assess themselves as they go a long

-There will be more teachers collaboration using the digital devices (hardware) and applications(software).

-There will be more blended learning environments

For further Information & Programme Updates:

Please visit the ICT Authority website www.icta.go.ke which has programme details such as:

1.The Number of digital devices installed countrywide, school by school

2.The number of teachers trained

3.The number of schools with internet connectivity

4.The number of schools connected with Solar

5.Daily project updates on the dashboard

For any enquiry, questions please get in touch with the DLP secretariat on digischool@ict.go.ke and info@ict.go.ke.