In a trend-setting education delivery development in Kenya, Samsung Electronics East Africa has partnered with eKitabu, an eBooks software company, to roll out an online based eBooks system for the approved 8-4-4 Secondary School Curriculum.
For the first time in Kenya, students enrolling at Sunshine Secondary School will be able to access their educational materials digitally, through Samsung tablets, with educational materials uploaded by eKitabu.
Speaking during a prize giving ceremony at Sunshine Secondary School where the Electronics Company issued the tablets uploaded with eKitabu software, Mr. Robert Ngeru, Vice President, Samsung Electronics East and Central Africa, said that the new e-Learning solution is designed to enhance the school’s academic delivery efficiencies.
“Enabling students to adopt paperless academic digital learning solutions is key to empowering them to embrace technological innovations which the world is quickly adopting. This demonstrates our commitment to Africa, which extends beyond just technological innovation, but towards being a contributing member to the African society and a supporter of regional development.” Said Mr. Ngeru.
He further added, “We aim to create sustainable opportunities that empower people to not only live a smarter lifestyle but to also capitalize on the opportunities that come with technology to move this continent to another level”.
eKitabu was launched in the year 2012 and has to date benefitted more than 5,000 students from leading Kenyan public and private schools who already use the application.
“Leading Kenyan publishers are driving the migration of learning and teaching to achieve Vision 2030 goals. We’re grateful for Samsung’s support and are inspired by the vision and energy of leading publishers. Together: tunaenda digital.” Will Clurman, CEO of eKitabu said.
Apart from the government approved syllabus, the service, which is available on Android devices downloadable on the Samsung Apps Store, has a vast range of eBooks ranging from Kenyan Best sellers, African Books and popular books globally.
While receiving the tablets, Sunshine Secondary School Principal Kibet Kiptum said, The quest to adopt e-learning in our school was inspired by the convenience that comes with accessing learning content remotely.
”The cost of text books has been on an upward trend and thus, this is a cost effective solution that we are advising the parents and guardians to adopt”. he said.
As part of the Sunshine Secondary School implementation, eKitabu will train teachers in e-learning, including both in the use and creation of digital content.