Mwalimu National has today launched a digital program that aims at improving service delivery in the country’s education sector.
Mwalimu National has partnered with Intel Corporation and other industry partners to promote the “Mwalimu Digital” initiative. Under this program, teachers will be provided with low interest and friendly loans to enable them to acquire modern computers to complement Teacher Service Commission’s Digital Transformation of schools.
“The programme we are launching today will enable Mwalimu National complement the Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project by reducing affordability barriers for teachers in Kenya to acquire their own devices and become digital professionals,” said Robert Shibutse, CEO Mwalimu National Sacco.
Under the program, Mwalimu National Sacco members will enjoy discounted prices on a number of Lenovo laptops starting from KES 27,995 and the 2in1 TECNO Winpad 10 at KES 26,995.
Additionally, they will have access to loans from the Sacco with monthly repayments that start as low as KES 1019. The laptops will also come bundled with free Microsoft Office 365 for 1 Year, extended warranties, and digital teacher content from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
The Lenovo laptops’ offer will be exclusively available at Nakumatt Supermarkets countrywide while the TECNO Winpad 10 offer will only be available at Safaricom shops countrywide.
For one to get access of the offers, Mwalimu National Sacco members will be required to get in touch with the Sacco offices countrywide.
“As part of our strategy in Africa, Intel is committed to supporting programs that accelerate technology adoption by enabling more people to access affordable and relevant technologies. We have initiated this program with Mwalimu National Sacco with the objective of getting more teachers connected and empowered with digital skills. While the world is transforming to a digital village, the classrooms in Africa are yet to catch up. We believe Mwalimu digital program is going to empower teachers to prepare students for the 21st century workplace where ICT is now becoming mainstream” said Danie Steyn, General Manager Intel Corporation for east Africa.
In efforts to enable teaching and other learning activities to be carried out suing technology, the Ministry of Education in collaboration with partners such as Safaricom, UNICEF, Intel and Kenya Institute of Education have embarked on rolling out an e-learning program through support on building the infrastructure, capacity building the stakeholders and developing digital curriculum support materials for Kenyan schools.
Shibutse said that ICT has the potential to bridge the knowledge gap in terms of improving quality of education, increasing the quantity of quality educational opportunities, making knowledge building possible through borderless and boundless accessibility to resources and people and reaching populations in remote areas to satisfy their basic right to education.