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AccessKenya MoU Brings Broadband Internet Access to Every inABLE Computer Lab in Kenya

Picture of 4 men in the picture at the MOU signing event

[Photo caption: From left: Chris Senanu, Deputy Executive Director AccessKenya, blind computer student Nelson Otieno from Thika High School for the Blind, inABLE Representative Tim Kajume and Dr. Musili from Computers for Schools Kenya]

inABLE, AccessKenya Group and Computers for Schools Kenya entered into a partnership by signing an MoU at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi on March 10, 2015. This event was attended by AccessKenya Deputy Managing Director, Chris Senanu, Alfred Otieno who is the CSR Manager Access Kenya, Tim Kajume inABLE, George Siso inABLE Country Coordinator , Dr.Musili from CFSK, Mr. Jotham Makokha who is the Headmaster Thika Primary for the blind and different media houses.

We also had one teacher from Thika High School for the Blind, Mrs Ogongo and Nelson Otieno who is a direct beneficially of the program; he is visually impaired and in form four. Nelson gave a very inspiring speech on the benefit of technology to the visually impaired and how he has benefited from the program. Thank you Nelson.

 Enclosed below is the speech presented by inABLE representative Tim Kajume at the signing ceremony MoU signing ceremony. It is with great respect that we thank AccessKenya for their commitment to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in Kenya and enlightened LEADERSHIP.

Picture of 2 men signing the MOU

 [Photo caption: From Left: Chris Senanu, Deputy Executive Director AccessKenya Group and Tim Kajume, inABLE Representative in Kenya signing the Memorandum of Understanding at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi on March 10th 2015]

inABLE Speech Notes for AccessKenya MuO Signing Event

OPENING

When inABLE first introduced its computer technology-learning environment five years ago at the Thika Primary School for the Blind, Access Kenya was there—day one—providing the Internet access to benefit 300 eager students. Deputy CEO Kris Senanu was at our launch celebration as our official guest of honor. I am pleased to tell you today that our program has expanded to four schools for the blind and 1200 students.

The amazement brought on by web accessibility is an exhilarating experience for both the sighted and the blind. However the impact on a blind person can seem life altering. A teacher told us:  “The InABLE computer program has restored back our sight; we can now read newspapers, magazines, download books from the Bookshare, and send or receive messages.” 

While the technology may not yet exist to restore true sight, assistive computer-technology combined with the Internet and basic computer training, like the kind inABLE provides, gives blind and visually impaired students the same access to online education resources as sighted students.

Presently, with the exception of inABLE’s students, graduates from Kenyan schools for the blind complete their education with just Braille skills, only to enter a world that is completely oblivious to Braille. Through our partnership with Access Kenya, inABLE is able to better prepare these special needs students for post-school life.

We believe that computer technology with Internet web accessibility can bridge the gap between the blind and the sighted. At our 7 operating computer labs, inABLE’s students utilize assistive computer technology, such as screen readers and magnifier software, to access computer-based learning resources. It is the Access Kenya Internet connectivity that gives these students a more complete education via digital textbooks, storybooks, videos, publications, daily newspapers, and more. Our long-term plan is to provide blind school graduates with employable skills. Currently, InABLE students are learning web design and Cisco IT Essentials, in addition to fluency with the latest mobile computer technology and assistive technology apps.

MoU:

In the coming years when inABLE achieves its mission of installing computer labs at all 9 schools for the blind throughout Kenya, over 2,200 students and teachers will benefit from an enhanced educational curriculum that includes the necessary computer technology skills and familiarity with today’s information-technology driven world.

Our partnership with Access Kenya is a critical lifeline that is essential to the success of our computer literacy program and a limitless resource for our promising students. This momentous MoU signing represents the removal of an information-access barrier that has—until now—limited our students’ future opportunities.

Thank you Access Kenya for your continued efforts to bring web accessibility to all of the schools for the blind throughout Kenya.