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Digital Schools of Distinction Workshop_Nyamira County

20 secondary schools in Nyamira County, Kenya have been awarded for successfully going through the third phase of implementing ICTs at whole-school level through the Digital Schools of Distinction development pathway designed by GESCI

20 secondary schools in Nyamira County  were awarded e-Confident status under the African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) programme being implemented in the County. The programme leads schools through 4 stages of whole school digitisation from e-Initial to e-Enabled to e-Confident and, finally, to e-Mature. When the participating schools reach e-Mature stage, they will be classified as Digital Schools of Distinction.

The school principals received certification in recognition of their lead roles in supporting their teachers to utilise and integrate digital technologies  in their teaching. The programme has the enthusiastic support of the Nyamira county education authorities, the Teachers Service Commission as well as the schools’ boards of managements and parents’ associations.   

The teachers in the 20 schools are following a rigorous ICT training programme and have already successfully completed the first two cycles - 1st on Technology Literacy and 2nd on Knowledge Deepening, currently the teachers have gone through the Knowledge Creation Cycle which is the third and last phase of the ADSI training. Teachers are now competent in incorporating various ICT tools in their teaching which will enrich student learning.

Speaking at the event , Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Director Nyamira County Mr. Wilson Koros urged teachers to take the ADSI training seriously as it will be used for the purpose of promotions to positions like Deputy Principal,Principal, etc.

County Director of Education, Nyamira , Mr. Anyang, encouraged the head teachers to allow their teachers to participate in ICT integration competitions as they have the required training gained through the three phase training in ADSI.

GESCI CEO, Jerome Morrissey, emphasized the need to have young people graduate with sufficient skills to fit in a technologically evolving environment. Mr. Morrissey reminded the participants that the ADSI Programme seeks to transform the whole school way of functioning by integrating ICTs.

The African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) Programme is funded by Mastercard Foundation, Canada.

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