Eye on ICT Blog
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (SIPSE) activities in 2015 kicked off with a meeting of master trainers on 24 January. This was an opportunity for learning exchange and consensus building regarding the progress of project-based learning currently ongoing in the 20 SIPSE secondary schools in Kenya and Tanzania. The programme has 11 master trainers coordinating project-based learning in these schools – 5 in Kenya and 6 in Tanzania. continue reading >
16 practitioners from the music, animation and games design development sectors in Kenya have successfully graduated from GESCI’s 2014/2015 Creative Media Skills Course. The course had three areas of exploration – animation, mobile games/apps and music production/sound design. For three months, the practitioners, including four females, worked individually and collaboratively to produce a short animated film, a sound track and game based on the theme on ‘The Sound of the City’. The media industry in Kenya is now demanding up to 60% local content on all local TV stations. GESCI believes that the Creative Media Skills Course is an innovative approach to education, which has the potential to encourage building of industry-standard digital media and entrepreneurial skills and practitioners to satisfy this demand. “Some of the skills gained through the course are creativity & innovation and entrepreneurship, which are expected to accelerate the creation of small to medium enterprise start-ups in the digital creative media sector in Kenya and beyond”, said Elaine Hurt, AKE Programme Manager. continue reading >
Information Communication Technology & Innovation and particularly capacity building in these areas is relatively new area in development programmes globally and by Finland. African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) is building capacity of policy makers and experts in ICT, Education and Science, Technology and Innovation in 13 countries in West, Eastern and Southern Africa. ALICT is a leadership capacity building course to strengthen participants’ leadership and to contribute to the development of their organisations. About 300 participants are currently studying in the course and 213 have graduated in the last 2 years. The course brings together participants across countries to address the regional and country specific issues in policies in ICT, Education and Science, Technology and Innovation. Many people are asking why not donor supports to health, education, rural development as priorities. However, investments in ICT, Education and Innovation are not competing with the traditional sectors; they are contributing to the development of those sectors. These investments have a longer term impact. continue reading >
Ricaud Auckbur spoke to us recently about the launch of the Mauritius Tablet PC Project. Mr. Auckbur, along with three other ALICT alumni - Mrs Kavita Purmessur, Mr Rajnish Hawabhay and Mr Kishun Baguant - were part of the Mauritius Tablet PC Project team. The nation-wide Tablet PC Project for Mauritius was launched on Thursday March 27th 2014 with the start of the distribution of 26,100 Tablet PCs to all Form V (Year V of secondary schooling , or Grade 10) educators and students. The Tablets, which were procured through an open tendering exercise, are 10.1" Android devices delivered with pedagogical content in several core subjects (French, English, Mathematics and others) along with a Classroom Management System. continue reading >
Last week, between the 7th and the 9th of January, at Kenya's School of Government, teachers from Machakos and Nakuru county secondary schools gathered together for the first time with a group of Master Trainers where they were introduced to a new mobile platform for Science, Technology, Mathematics and English language teaching. The training was the first in a two-year MasterCard Foundation project being implemented by GESCI in Kenya and Tanzania. The project will pilot the innovative use of ICTs to train secondary school teachers to improve their pedagogical skills and ability to integrate ICT into their teaching practice.