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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visits InABLE Computer Lab in Thika, Kenya

The Deputy Director of K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation talks with inABLE computer lab students

 

               Written by: Carolyn Ngondi, Lead Computer Instructor, InABLE Kenya

It was our pleasure to welcome Tom Stritikus, the Deputy Director of K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Thika School for the Blind recently. The main focus of his visit was to learn more about educational technology and its role for improvement at scale in Kenya.

During his visit, Dr. Stritikus toured different departments where he watched school children use Braille to take notes using Braille machine or slate and stylus. He was also able to see them use abacus for mathematical calculation. At the library he evaluated the Braille books and low vision books that are in large print. In the inABLE computer lab, he enthusiastically interacted with blind and visually impaired computer students as they used desktop computers, laptops and iPads.

It was such a privilege to meet Dr. Stritikus. It almost felt as though Bill Gates himself was here. It’s a hope filled dream that Microsoft and inABLE can work together to transform the lives of the visually impaired learners through advances in assistive computer technology. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently in a learning mode to get a deeper appreciation of the challenges and opportunities in the education sector.