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Kenya: Microsoft in Partnership With State

May 16, 2007 • Top Stories

James Ratemo
Nairobi

Microsoft has partnered with the Government in the provision of computer technology to teachers, students and digital villages.

The programme is aimed at strengthening learning opportunities and capacity to meet future technological challenges. It is also intended to popularise the ues of computers among Kenyans of all ages.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Ministry of Information and Communication PS, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said the programme will contribute to the realisation of the National ICT Policy, to boost digital literacy and adoption of affordable IT tools in urban and rural populations.
Microsoft East and Southern Africa General Manager, Mr Thapelo Lippe, said his firm will facilitate a hire purchase system to help students and teachers buy computers.

Lippe said Microsoft will offer e-learning software to aid teachers and students access IT faster and efficiently, stressing on the need for a strong Government-private sector partnership for sustainable growth of IT.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Wanjohi said public universities needed financial and hardware support to back the programme. JKUAT assembles 500 computers monthly.

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