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World Bank Officials Evaluates ICT Benefits at inABLE Computer Labs in Thika

 

 

On October 4th Michael Trucano, the World Bank Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, accompanied by an official from World Bank Kenya and the Ministry of Education, visited the inABLE assistive computer technology programs in Thika, Kenya.

Mr. Trucano was very eager see how our blind and visually- impaired students use the school-based ICT computer lab and what benefits it has on the learners. At both the Thika High School for the Blind and primary school, our distinguished guest were given a brief history of the schools, description of successes and challenges that the schools face, before touring the inABLE computer labs and hearing about our evolving computer education for the blind program and expansion plans.

In the computer labs, they watched learners—from grades 1 to 8— demonstrating their different ICT skills and capabilities, including keyboarding and online Internet research. Our World Bank guest interacted with the students, moving from one workstation to another as he asked questions.

At the second lab, Mr. Trucano was very much impressed to see the more advanced technology. Here more experienced students displayed their ICT knowledge by showing off their employable skills, including website development, Java Programming and e-course books on iPads.

Science Teacher Paul Ngechu (sighted), who has really embraced the use of technology in classroom, shared his method of teaching science using the laptops. Mr. Trucano enjoyed the presentation and encouraged Paul to continue his efforts to incorporate ICT into his science lessons.

All of of us at inABLE sincerely thank World Bank and the Kenyan Ministry of Education for their interest in our computer-labs-for-the-blind program and the many students who are capably learning computer skills.

Written by: Peter Okeyo, inABLE Program Manager

 

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.