Kikambala Primary School in Kenya, has become a pioneer in ICT in Africa and a leader in e-Learning in the continent through the initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad).
The management of Sun N' Sand Beach Resort in Kikambala, took a shot at a Nepad e-Schools programme, targeting secondary schools. The 10-year Nepad flagship e-Schools initiative involves establishment of an Africa-wide satellite network that will connect the schools to the internet as well as to points within each country from which, educational content will be fed to the schools on a continuous basis. It also involves ICT training of teachers and students, content and curriculum development, community involvement and participation, and establishment of 'health points'.
Now Kikambala Primary School has become first primary school in Africa having e-Learning facilities that include a V-sat connection, 27 branded computers, a fully furnished room and a smart board that could be the envy of any institution offering computer lessons. The smart board acts like a blackboard which operates when touched. The Microsoft Consortium and Ministry of Education support the initiative launched on June 26, aiming at equipping learners, teachers and members of the local community with relevant computer skills. So far 51 people have been trained. Teachers are equally enthusiastic about the project. 2,058 students of the school will get benefited from the new facility.