Samsung is joining hands with the Safaricom Foundation to endorse the Accelerated Learning Program in Bungoma County.
The program, formulated by Zizi Afrique Foundation and Safaricom Foundation, aims to help students in three counties, Bungoma, Turkana, and Tana River, acquire foundational literacy and numeracy skills in a short period.
Samsung will be supporting the program by issuing 250 Galaxy 8.0 Tablets expected to help over 1,250 access the KICD-approved curriculum.
According to Samsung’s M.D, Seok Min Hong, “When a child does not have access to education, it means that they are not operating in an equal competitive environment with other children and are potentially a step behind in life.”
“This gap is reason as to why we are supporting the Accelerated Learning Program in order to ensure that our children are well equipped for the future.”
The ALP is available in 40 schools in the three counties and has helped over 7,000 learners in grade 3 to 5. The program’s main focus is to help learners with difficulties in basic foundational skills essential for better learning at higher levels.
According to a study done in 2018, 1 out of 2 students from the three counties aged between 6 and 16 years could not read simple text pegged on grade 2 level.
Besides, a 2016 study by Uwezo East Africa showed that, on average, 1 out of 10 students completing class 8 was not competent of the basic skills expected of a child completing class 2.
Safaricom Foundation has also focused on supporting education at different levels. Apart from ALP, there’s Know&Grow, Tvet, and has invested over KSh 500 million in infrastructural and sanitation facilities in Primary, Secondary, and vocational training institutions across the country.
“Our investments in education aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for Kenyans,” said Joe Ogutu, Safaricom Foundation Chairman.
“However, we understand that we cannot do this on our own and that partnerships are key for us to achieve our ambition. That is why we are proud to be partnering with Samsung to ensure the Accelerated Learning Programme reaches even more learners in Bungoma County,” he added.