Digital literacy programme takes off in Marsabit
The government will exploit the abundant potential for solar energy in Marsabit and other arid and semi-arid parts of the country to supply residents who cannot be connected to the national grid in realizing the digital literacy programme.
Principal Secretary for environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli said the focus was now on use of renewable energy which was both environmental friendly and cost effective.
Speaking at Korr primary school, Laisamis constituency in Marsabit County when he launched the digital literacy programme (DLP), Mr. Sunkuli said that the government was undertaking a programme on renewable energy with emphasis on solar for heating and power supply.
The objective would be supported by training 10 technical institutes across the country which the Jubilee administration has equipped to propagate use of renewable energy, he said.
The principal secretary pointed out that solar energy had been tapped to supply power to schools in Marsabit County that were out of reach from the national grid.
During the function, 72 standard one pupils received the tablets following successful setting up of the solar powered installation site.
Mr. Sunkuli added that the government was set to roll out the programme in 10 schools every week in each County across the country starting next week, all aimed at aiding the young to embrace technology to better their lives.
The PS said 343 gadgets had been supplied to four pilot schools in Marsabit adding that plans had been finalised to operationalize the remaining 134 primary schools.
At the same time, Mr. Sunkuli asked the residents to position themselves to reap from the benefits that are set to originate from mega projects being implemented by the government in the region that included tarmacking of the Isiolo-Moyale.
He said the government was working out modalities of having a smooth flow of goods between Ethiopia and Kenya and advised them to take advantage of increased trade expected from the developed infrastructure.
On accelerating development in the region, the Principal Secretary underlined the gains anticipated from the equalisation fund and asked devolved governments to use the funds to address socio-economic needs of the locals especially provision of water.
The school community through the head teacher Mr. Sky Aduma observed that actualisation of the DLP at Korr primary school which is remotely located was a pointer that the government was not only objective but also fair in distributing national resources.
By Sebastian Miriti