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Quality Education through new technology in Kenya

Plan International Kenya is working alongside partners to increase literacy among school children through the use of technology. The project, piloted in 25 schools, is set to expand to 300 schools across the country, benefiting thousands of children.

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Children in Kenya are accessing their right to a quality education through the use of technology.

We are working alongside SOS Children’s Villages, technology companies, the government and civil sector groups to share the benefits of technology with communities in Kenya.

Our Open Space Literacy (OSL) project introduces new technologies to ensure children can access their right to a quality education and help them reach their potential.

Innovative approach

Considerable research and our own experience has shown the power of quality education to transform children’s lives. Through the innovative use of technology, the OSL project is providing access to quality education for children in marginalised communities.

I wish all classes could be done in the computer lab

The project started last year with 25 schools in Nairobi. The goal is to expand the initiative to reach 300 schools across the country so more children have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, authority and confidence they need to claim their rights.
 
Thanks to the input of our technical partners including Nokia, British Telecom and Lenovo, OSL helps teachers develop inclusive teaching methods which support children to learn through information and communication technologies.

The project also creates networks for teachers and engages parents and community members in school management through the use of technology.
 
Around 14,500 pupils, 580 teachers and 140 school management board members have directly participated in the project to date. In addition, around 10,800 children are benefiting indirectly thanks to improvements in school management.

Pioneer teachers

Mrs Omolo, a teacher at one of the schools benefiting from the programme says, “We have made it a policy to do away with handwritten documents. Teachers are preparing lesson plans using computers as well as developing new teaching slides.”

A total of 16 pioneer teachers were selected to participate in specialised training on using the new technology. They are now able to provide technical support for their colleagues and solve problems internally which is supporting the sustainability of the project.

Jennifer, 7, enjoys using the computers during her lessons. She says, “I feel happy attending computer class. I love the lessons because it is easier to remember what I learnt. All my friends also look forward to computer lessons and I wish all classes could be done in the computer lab.”

Following the success of the programme, the Kenyan government has acknowledged the value of OSL for education in the public schools. As a result, the government is supporting the implementation of the project in cooperation with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, through the provision of qualified staff to train teachers on how to integrate technology into their work.

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