The government will deliver 1.2 million digital devices to all the 23, 000 primary schools in the country for Class One by December this year, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT Mr Joe Mucheru had said.

Mr Mucheru said the project, which is fully funded by government is being jointly implemented by the Ministries of Education, ICT, Energy and Industrialisation.

Last month, the Government received the first batch of the 1.2 million digital literacy devices with the cargo from China containing 5,000 devices. The deliveries were expected to rise to 30,000 devices at least on a weekly basis under the Digital Literacy Programme.

Speaking when he officially closed the 6th Innovation Africa 2016 Summit in Nairobi on Thursday, the Cabinet Secretary said: “For Africa to adequately prepare as an emerging economic powerhouse, it is important to invest in empowering the youth with ICT skills.”

He said moving the continent towards an ICT and knowledge driven economy will make it competitive in the global economy, adding that ICT has the ability to level the world’s socio-economic playing field – allowing Africa to take its strategic position.

Mr Mucheru noted that ICT could unlock human capital and provide technology solutions to create economic opportunities that need to be fully exploited.

The Cabinet Secretary lauded Innovation Africa 2016 Summit for  bringing together government officials, educationists, universities and captains of industry to engage and advance public-private partnerships in education, science and ICT and research in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Mr Mucheru, while calling on public and private sectors to up innovation and create opportunities, challenged governments to embrace ICT and align the education curricular with technology.

This coupled with allocation of adequate resources to the sector, will see the development of appropriate policies to guide the industry. (By Cheruiyot Korir)


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