GESCI (Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative), in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya, launched the African Digital Schools initiative (ADSI) in Kenya on 11th November. This is a programme to transform 80 secondary schools in Kenya into digital schools of distinction.
ADSI is a totally unique and transformative four year programme to create 80 digital schools of distinction in 4 counties - Kiambu, Taita Taveta, Narok and Nyamira which starts in January 2017. In conjunction with similar GESCI initiatives in Tanzania and Côte D’Ivoire and utilising a new GESCI framework in 140 schools, ADSI will lead to the development of an effective and sustainable scaling model to transform secondary schools into digital schools of distinction as the pivotal programme outcome.
ADSI is designed to:
- Enable/capacitate school management to plan for whole school use and incorporation of ICT across the school curriculum ;
- Build students’ 21St century skills necessary for life and work in particular, to enrich teaching and learning in Science, Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM subjects) and enhance teachers’ pedagogical skills in their teaching through the planned integration of ICT in their teaching and, thereby, enriching learning ;
- To create 80 digital schools of distinction through a yearly incremental and developmental pathway, which will become showcase centres for 21st teaching and learning.