Currently, our galsKonekt is present in five schools in Kajiado County. Collectively, there are 700 girls in our mentorship program, with half of them in primary school and the remaining half in secondary school. A survey of these schools revealed some disappointing statistics.
Arap Moi Primary – 23 students per Laptop.
Ongata Senior – 67 students per PC. Bishop Mazzoldi and Nkoroi High – 0 PCs/Laptops
These numbers are not reflective of the outlook in the average Kenyan school; they are an exception. According to the Ministry of Education, the developed countries computer to student ratio averages at 1:15. The ratio for Africa is 1:150. In Kenyan secondary schools, the ratio is 1:150, while in primary schools, it is 1:250. The goal is to raise funds to be distributed in our member schools and ensure that the pupils have improved access to technology.
The Free Primary Education Program that came into effect in 2003 has been heralded as a great step towards improving basic education access in Kenya. Article 53 (1) (b) of the 2010 Constitution guarantees every child the right to free and compulsory basic education.
It is not enough that students attend school; the education they receive should equip them with relevant skills and knowledge that enhance their critical thinking and ensure their competitiveness in the labor market when they complete their studies. Integration of ICT in schools tries to address the issue of quality education. With proper systems in place where the teachers are trained on how to integrate technology in their lessons, the schools are equipped with facilities such as labs, electricity and internet connectivity, quality education can be achieved.
In 2018, the Government of Kenya made a move to change the 32year old education system with a focus on creativity, talent and skill development. Teachers, however face the frustration of having to work with minimal resources to deliver quality education to their students.
What does the future look like if there is no successful integration of ICT in education? A 2018 report by the World Economic Forum dubbed "Future of Jobs" concluded that disruptive market changes will lead to the loss of millions of jobs globally. The majority jobs of the future, however, require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The girls of today need to be conversant with technology if they are to challenge for opportunities in the labor market of the future.
A study by Nawate (2017) concluded that technology enhances the education experience. When there are sufficient infrastructure and effective education management, there is expanded access to education in the alternative provision of basic education.
The funds raised will go along way to acquire laptops/ PCs or tablets. We hope to reduce this ratios from
1:250 to 1:10