A shared value partnership has been launched between Nokia, the Finnish National Committee for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Kenya UNICEF at this user innovation week. This is aim at giving give access to digital literacy especially for the unprivileged children including those with disabilities in Kenya. This is to build on the Digital Literacy Project investment by Kenya’s Government which provided one million tablets to primary schools improving the availability and use of digital content.
This partnership will bring together various stakeholders from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Government of Kenya’s Ministries of Education and ICT, mobile network operators in Kenya, content providers, teachers and children to critically look into the challenges and discover new opportunities for digital learning and literacy. The government of Kenya plan to launch an accessible digital textbook with special features for children with intellectual, visual and hearing disabilities which have successfully be piloted in school during the first quarter of 2019. It is the first of its kind in Kenya produced by KICD with the active involvement of disability stakeholders.
UNICEF technical and financial support and together with participation of children with disabilities, KICD has successfully produced its first accessible digital textbook for children in Grade 1 fostering accessing to digital literacy. The accessible digital course materials is for Grade 1 in Environmental Activities and within the same platform caters for children with intellectual disabilities, hearing impairment and visually impairment. Kenya Sign Language video feature can be accessed by learners without disability on this same platform. It gives room for other learning areas to be covered in the project said by Dr Julius Jwan, CEO of KICD.
This partnership will also provide support to Kenya Government in supplying more digital learning materials to schools in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and the frontier country of Garissa and Turkana achieve through internet connection through latest Nokia connectivity technology. This internet connection will allow students access quality digital learning materials that align with the new competency based curriculum approved by the government.
UNICEF is working in partnership with Kenya Government and other private sector to empower unprivileged children get quality education with the help of the internet. We are delighted to have contributed to the first development of the first Accessible Digital Textbook with great support from UNICEF Innovation Fund and Nokia. This is one major move in enhancing inclusive education through innovative technology for children said Maniza Zaman, Representative of UNICEF in Kenya.
We are glad to work with UNICEF and the Government to connect schools in remote areas to inspire children which are the leaders of tomorrow in Kenya. In achieving sustainable development we are committed to using our technology said by Joachim Wuilmet, Nokia’s head of Marketing and communications, Middle East and Africa.