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St. Lucy’s School Students Dance Into National Music Festival Spotlight

St. Lucy's Primary School students ranked best at regional music festival to earn invitation to national event.

Written by: Jane Kangai, inABLE Computer Instructor, Kenya

This term St Lucy’s school for the visually impaired has been participating in various activities in addition to academics and the inABLE computer-labs-for the-blind program. On July 7th, St. Lucy School had the privileged of participating in a regional music festival held in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. Our school performed brilliantly and even managed to outshine other special school in the region. St. Lucy’s was ranked the best! As a reward for outstanding performance, our school has been invited to take part the National Music Festivals to be held in August at Kasarani, Nairobi County.

The participants were from St. Lucy primary school for the visually impaired. Those who participated were between the ages of 10-17 years. The dance is an African traditional Luhya culture group dance known as Isukuti.

In addition to this music excellence, our students continue to enjoy and advance in their studies. We give special thanks to inABLE and schools administration, who have made this term successful through their support.

Daily Nation TV Interviews InABLE Program Manager

Kenya's Ministry of Education is set to incorporate 150 special schools in the digital literacy program. In advance of the pilot program launch, the officer in charge of special needs at the Ministry of Education, Moses Maigong', visited the inABLE Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind Assistive Technology Lab at the St Lucy's School for the visually impaired in Meru.  During media interviews both the Education Officer and inABLE Project Manager Peter Okeyo were interviewed about the national government plan to invest more in digital literacy in special schools.

MEDIA COVERAGE, INCLUDES:

Citizen TV 150 schools to be equipped  

Citizen Digital Special schools to benefit from state digital literacy program 

Daily Nation Special schools to benefit from digital literacy programme 

 

ICT Authority Invites inABLE to Present at 2016 Connected Summit

Photo caption: inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika ICT shares lessons learned with #Connect2016 attendees.

This year’s Connected Summit 2016—Bridging the Service Gap—took place on March 20-23 in Diani, Kwale County, Kenya. This important ICT sector gathering explored gaps that need to be addressed in order to achieve universal access to public services. Delegates, moderators and speakers, including inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika shared knowledge, best practice and lessons learned based on experience executing ICT projects.

 

The Connected Summit was first held in 2009 with a goal of establishing a platform for collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing between government and the ICT sector with a view of linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world-class standards.

The Kenyan Government has recognized the critical role of information technology in delivering services and has outlined adoption plans in the National ICT Masterplan 2017 and the Broadband Strategy. The plan envisions a one-stop-shop service centre for citizens.

 

UNESCO Invites inABLE Executive Director to Speak at Mobile Learning Week Symposium in Paris

UNESCO—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—invited InABLE Founder and Executive Director Irene Mbari Kirika (pictured third from left) to take part in an important panel discussion titled "Making High Quality Education A Reality for ALL Learners" during Mobile Learning Week 2016 in Paris, France.

St. Lucy’s School Welcomes VIP Guests and inABLE Executives

Photo caption: [right to left] inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari Kirika, St. Lucy’s Senior Teacher Madam Edith Kaari, Kenyatta University Representative Bernard Mugo, St. Lucy’s Deputy Head Teacher Mr. Mbaya, inABLE Executive Team Representative Tim Kajume, Georgia Tech University Representatives Mr. Jonathan Schuett and Bruce Walker and St. Lucy’s School Principal Sr. Judith watch class seven computer computer lab students get ready to demonstrate their computer lessons.

written by: Jane Kangai, inABLE Computer Instructor Meru, Kenya

St. Lucy’s School for the Visually Impaired in Meru, Kenya had the wonderful honor of a visit from several inABLE leaders and distinguished guests who enthusiastically met with our computer computer lab students to learn about their lessons and progress.

Our students eagerly answered questions from our guests and demonstrated their desk top computer knowledge. They also expressed their wish to learn how to operate iPads, which are presently in use at the Thika and St. Oda Schools for the Blind.

the St. Lucy's School community is very grateful for inABLE's assistive computer education program.