Kenya’s Elimu Holdings Limited was awarded as an IT Influencers Computerworld 2011 Laureate, the company said on Tuesday. The prize comes as the organization specializes in developing and buttressing free websites for educational institutions across Kenya.
According to Computerworld in a press statement, Elimu was honored “for its visionary applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic and educational change.”
An Elimu official, who was not authorized to speak to the media on Tuesday, said that his company is “honored” that their efforts have “sparked interest and notoriety” in the IT world as a whole.
“Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT,” Computerworld Publisher John Amato said in the press release.
Announcing the awards, the publisher disclosed that the nominations received were of high quality and inspirational.
“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” he pointed out.
Elimu Holdings Chief Executive Officer Davis Waithaka, who was featured on Capital Business in November 2009, explained that their goal as a company “is to connect schools to the internet so that the students can benefit from the huge database of information that exists on the World Wide Web.”