ICT in education

At the start of 2019 and with support received from Afretech Aid Society and Rotary International, Ol Pejeta Conservancy installed ICT equipment in eight schools. This additional batch brings the number to 19 schools equipped with ICT infrastructure.

Each institution received an offline server with educational resources including e-books, video lessons, interactive quizzes, virtual labs, the Kenyan Syllabus, among other content.

The servers popularly referred to as "Classroom in a Box" are part of Africa Ruggedized Education Solution (ARES), a complete educational technology designed to operate in remote environments. A total of 80 desktop computers, 80 Notebooks, and audiovisual equipment were also distributed.

"The detailed video lessons are helping me to discover and understand concepts in chemistry and biology," said Rahma Abdi Mohamed, a student at Daraja Academy, a secondary school for girls in Laikipia North.

In addition to setting up the new equipment, Ol Pejeta's Community Development Programmes (CDP) team organised and conducted a two-day training for 36 teachers drawn from the eight schools principally aiding overall ICT integration in teaching and learning.

"I take this opportunity to thank you sincerely on behalf of Daraja Academy for your generous ARES donation. You equipped our computer room in a way that teaching and learning are so improved!" said Victoria Gichuhi, head of Daraja Academy.

With the addition of new learning resources, Ol Pejeta's ICT programmes continue to benefit and empower at least 4,000 students in the region. The ICT project now supports 19 secondary and two primary schools.