Atlancis Technologies and KPSA partner in ICT integration in education

Directors of private primary schools in Nairobi, in one of the computer labs at Uhuru Gardens Primary School which is a model ICT integrated classroom complete with computer hardware fully fitted with iLearn, an interactive digital learning platform with content based on the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

Atlancis Technologies has partnered with the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) Nairobi to showcase to over 300 private primary school Directors from Nairobi County, a practical perspective of ICT integration in education.

During the event, our team demonstrated how iLearn our innovative and interactive digital learning platform with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) approved learning content can be seamlessly integrated into already existing school infrastructure, and its benefits in improving learning outcomes. This event was hosted at Uhuru Gardens Primary School which is now a model for ICT integration in Education, and a place for other schools to benchmark on the same.

The goal of the benchmarking mission was to give the school directors a glimpse of what an ideal ICT integrated classroom setup should look like. “We have two computer labs complete with a server room, smart boards, projectors and computer hardware fully fitted with interactive digital learning content based on the new Competency Based Curriculum,” revealed Robert Motari, a teacher at Uhuru Gardens Primary School. “Our labs can seat a total of 50 students at any given time,” he continued, further adding that it was a great honor for his school to have been identified as the ideal model school for digital literacy and that they will always have their doors open to other schools looking to benchmark.

One of the two computer labs at Uhuru Gardens Primary School which is a model ICT integrated classroom complete with computer hardware fully fitted with interactive digital learning content based on the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

Speaking during the event, Rosebella Ojiambo, Chairlady KPSA Nairobi said that it was necessary to host this event so that managers of private schools could be better prepared to handle the demands of running a modern day school. “We are living in the 21st century and this therefore requires school directors to be as tech savvy as the students they take care of,” she said. “Giving school directors an opportunity to interact with this technology enables them to have a better feel of its benefits to their students hence they are better placed to make informed decisions,” she continued.

The computer labs at the school were constructed and fully equipped using a grant from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), with the interactive digital learning content christened iLearn developed and installed by Atlancis Technologies. Ms Ojiambo welcomed such active partnerships between players in the education sector and IT companies, saying that it was important to have software in place, in the form of KICD approved interactive digital learning content to complement existing computer hardware.

“As a publisher of digital learning content, it was important for us to prioritize the CBC and KICD approval before introducing our content to schools,” said Bancy Njuguna, iLearn Project Champion. “This way, teachers can confidently introduce learners to our content with the knowledge that it has been fully vetted by the relevant authority,” she stated.

The visiting administrators were appreciative of the efforts by KPSA and Atlancis to facilitate this benchmarking mission, and unanimously agreed that the presence of a model school for ICT integration in education was a significant step in the right direction. The future of digital literacy looks bright, if stakeholders in the education sector can foster more partnerships that will enable replication of this model school.

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