Nigeria seeks to replicate Kenyan digital learning program
Nigeria intends to replicate Kenyan Digital Learning Program (DLP), a Jubilee flagship project, launched two years ago, a Nigerian minister has disclosed.
Barr Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s Minister for Communication Tuesday told the press at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) that knowledge was not a preserve of one country emphasizing the need for partnership and sharing of such critical wealth.
He requested JKUAT to consider partnering with upcoming Nigerian ICT University to fast-track the fruition of the Kenyan idea in Nigeria.
The minister noted that Kenya was technologically ahead globally revealing that he was informed of the program by Kenyan ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru.
He promised to establish a conducive environment for the Kenyan devices emphasizing that African countries needed to unite and manufacture their own equipment.
He lauded Kenya for improving innovations through technology by creating enabling environments for local and international investors adding that Kenya was best placed to compete with developed countries.
The ICT principal secretary, Victor Kyalo, revealed that over 1200 devices are assembled at the university everyday adding that the ministry intends to have over 1.2 million devices assembled at JKUAT and Moi University before the end of 2017.
Kyalo praised Ministry of Energy for providing electricity to all public primary schools hence easing the Program’s management that required electricity connectivity before installation of the devices.
The program has been implemented in 8660 primary schools country wide and is expected to cover the entire country.
By Lucy Wangai