African Digital Schools Initiative Launched in Kenya

On November 11, the African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) was launched here in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Globel e-Schools and Communities Initiatives (GESCI), far away from the political aftershocks of the Presidential election in the United States.  ADSI is a comprehensive program to implement digital school development in secondary schools to transform secondary schools into digital schools of distinctiIt is designed specifically to build secondary-level student 21st century skills and teachers’ innovative practice in a way that is responsive to the needs of the market place and to the emerging knowledge economies and societies. 

Earlier this year, ADSI began reaching out to 140 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire. 4200 teachers will be trained through the project, including 1400 teachers in science technology, English and mathematics (STEM) as well as 210,000 students, including 70,000 STEM students.  More information about ADSI can be found at: http://gesci.org/our-work/ict-in-stem-education/african-digital-school-inititiative/.  Also please see earlier blog of October 10, concerning GESCI’s work with the African Knowledge Exchange.

GESCI founded by the UN, has worked since its inception in 2004 to provide capacity building, technical and strategic advice to countries seeking to harness the potential of ICTs in order to increase access to, and to improve the quality and effectiveness of education.  GESCI currently works with 16 African governments.

Ray Myers

Nairobi, Kenya

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