Wed 06 Apr 2016, 09:13
Five public secondary schools in Kakamega County are the recent beneficiaries of the MultiChoice Resource Center (MRC) kits that are part of Multichoice Kenya’s Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) aimed at empowering teachers and students with skills in information and communication technologies through visual learning.
St. Henry’s Saisi Wabuge, St. Peter’s Secondary School, Mwiba Secondary School, Lwanda Secondary School, and St. Anne’s Girls High School will now add to the over 180 secondary schools and learning institutions that have benefitted from the MultiChoice Resource Centres since its launch in 2013.
Speaking at the event, Multichoice Kenya Corporate Communications Manager Philip Wahome reiterated the company’s strong commitment towards working with social issues, focusing on education and long-term sustainability of the communities in which it operates.
“With the growth of the ICT sector in Kenya, it is imperative that learning in schools reflects the reality of the scenario outside the school set up and that is why Multichoice has prioritised education in its Corporate Social Investment programmer through the Multichoice Resource Centre to empower students through this initiative and to further support and enhance development goals as a catalyst for improving the quality of education,” Wahome added.
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While receiving the kits, Likuyani area MP Enock Kibunguchi commended Multichoice Kenya’s MRC programmes saying, “This project is a good example of how to improve the quality of education in Kenya through the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT). As we move towards achievements and development goals like Vision 2030, I am sure this will improve the quality of students we will have in the work place in years to come. This is a stepping stone towards progressive learning for Secondary school learners and we hope that this can be replicated in as many schools around the country as possible.”
The MRC programme, which is implemented in partnership with MultiChoice and the Ministries of Education and that of Information, Communication and Technology, seeks to promote the quality of education and development goal through the use of ICT.
Enock Kibunguchi further thanked the company for pioneering digital learning in the area secondary schools, and urged other members of the private sector to continue to assist the government in its mission to see learning in the country fully digitised.
MultiChoice recently launched three resource centres in Nyeri County. The programme has also helped schools in Meru, Nairobi, Narok and Mombasa counties boost schools result according to teachers.
The Multichoice Resource Center, which is an audio-visual teaching and learning aid for teachers and students in Secondary Schools seeks to not only provide access to education and information in secondary schools in the rural areas but also bridge the digital divide and increase excitement in both learning and teaching. The MRC kit includes a fully installed DStv HD decoder plus dish, a television and free access to the MultiChoice Education Package.
The kit is designed with a view of integrating the programmes into their curriculum in order to enhance the teaching and learning processes in schools and with eight premium channels on the package namely: The History Channel (186), Mindset Learn (319), National Geographic (181), National Geographic Wild (182), Discovery Channel (121), Animal Planet, BBC World News (400) and BBC Knowledge.
MultiChoice has trained over 70 teachers across the country who have in turn helped train their colleagues. The multimillion programme now aims to recruit over 30 more schools by the end of 2016.