By Changez Ndzai, Fieldwork Officer, Training Department, Camara Kenya.
There is a saying about education that goes like this ‘Education is the key of life’. However, education has its own challenges, especially when it comes to African countries. One of them is the lack of suitable facilities available in schools to facilitate education and to meet children’s main goal – success in their examinations.
Camara Education Kenya has been on the front line to ensure that most Kenyan schools achieve their goals by using technology and introducing ICT in education. Through our Monitoring and Evaluation department the achieved results have been impressive, as you can see in the Camara Education Annual Report 2015 launched recently and viewable here.
As I have been going around Makueni County schools, on a fieldwork mission in Kenya, I have seen improvement in pupils self-esteem and in the usage of the English language. I have also met individually with teachers from different schools and the majority agree on the positive outcomes of having computers in schools.
Mr. Augustine Kyule, the lead computer teacher at Mukaa primary school in Kenya, said ‘Computers have make my work easier. Back in time, we used to buy examination copies from 3rd parties but now we type and print the examination within the school premises, thus saving time and money.’
I remember my first visit at these schools very well. I used to spend much more time showing pupils and teachers how to work with the computers. As the time has past, most pupils are now working on their own, solving math problems, reading and learning about stories, sciences and social studies without any issues.
The reality of many schools in Kenya is there is insufficient funds to build libraries. With the use of internet, teachers and students can search online, read and also watch videos. It is almost like a whole new world of opportunities available to them, which will change their lives in a positive way. This is what Camara Education has set out to achieve – i.e. have a positive impact on the educational outcomes of learners in the countries it operates: Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Lesotho, Tanzania and Ireland.