Taita Taveta, KENYA: 200 teachers in Taita Taveta County are undergoing an advanced ICT in education training.
The two days training, being conducted under the African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) program and supported by the Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) founded by the UN, is designed to build innovativeness among 21st Century secondary level students to meet the needs of the market and to the emerging knowledge economies and societies.
According to the teachers, the programme has boosted students confidence in learning subjects perceived to be difficult leading to improved results.
“Implementation of ICT in teaching and learning has helped change the normal teaching practice from using chalk to technology items like computers and power point presentations. Teaching has been made more interesting for teachers and students. Interest has grown on learning,” Mwita Chacha, a mathematics teacher, said.
Mildred Awuor, a teacher from Voi girl’s education centre added that students get confidence when using digital platform in learning.
“Online tools that can be used to get information from the internet have helped students easily grasp what they learn. They provide very good learning materials for the current digital era students. No more boredom in class,” she said.
Taita Taveta ADSI programe coordinator Charles Kapkiai said 20 schools from the county are benefitting from the project which was initiated in 2016 and running upto 2020.
“The ADSI model is a phased approach for digital whole school and teacher development in ICT, used to incrementally move schools and teachers towards transformative educational practice and quality student learning outcome. The blended learning model of school-based and online professional development is more cost-effective and sustainable model for educational transformation,” he added.