Computer programme expands Kenya STEM education

Burhani Managing Director, Zoher Pirbhai, and Lydia Mutegi,Kibera sub-county Directorate of Education representative

From MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – INTEREST in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Kenya is set to increase following the signing of a partnership between an engineering company and Kibera Sub-County government.
Burhani Engineers Limited will provide computer systems and Engineering Power Classes to pupils within the county.
The partnership, signed between Burhani Engineers Limited represented by the Managing Director, Zoher Pirbhai, Kibera sub-county Directorate of Education, represented by Lydia Mutegi and the Kibera MP’s Office represented by Ann Ithara, will see at least ten schools receive ten computers in the first round.
Pirbhai said East Africa was industrializing at a very rapid pace hence the need to align with emerging opportunities.
“We need our workforce to have the necessary skills to be competitive in these highly technical areas. We see a situation whereby we can reach to the young talents, nature their talent and improve their Knowledge in ICT,” Zoher said.
Mid this year, the government embarked on its free lap top project by distributing over 12 000 learning devices to 150 public primary schools as the pilot for Digital Literacy Programme.
The government intends to distribute 1,2 million devices to public primary schools across the country by next year in a programme that has since been re-branded Digi School.
“This initiative has come up at the right time,” Mutegi said.
CAJ News

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