Kenya has made remarkable progress putting in place an ICT policy framework and implementation strategy, complete with measurable outcomes and time frames. The process has had the benefit of sound advice from officials and stakeholders and, perhaps more importantly, strong leadership from the office of the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education. However, universal implementation is challenging given the lack of resources, national ICT infrastructure, and even electrical supply- particularly in the rural areas. As technology is bound to rule our present and future, it is good to obtain know-how of the technological reforms at the earliest. Children learn faster and can adapt to changes relatively easily. If they are trained during their school years, they have a high chance of becoming experts in technology. Computers can give lovelier explanations to various subjects. The internet is an ocean of information which can be harnessed for the rendition of information in school. The inclusion of technology in the learning process makes learning an enjoyable activity, thus inviting greater interest from the learners. The administration processes, the official procedures of the school can be simplified by the means of technology. School records, the information about all the students and the teachers and other school employees can efficiently be maintained by means of the advanced technology. Thus we see that technology not only benefits the school students but also eases the office work. It makes possible a more effective way of storage and distribution of information. The realization of the importance of technology in schools and its successful implementation is a necessity. The introduction of technology in schools is the means to bridge the long distance between the present and the future.
Technology is the need of the day. The technology advancements have made society take a leap towards success. Every technological reform is a small step towards advancement. Every new invention in technology is a step towards progress of mankind. Centuries ago, hardly anyone would have even dreamt of working on a computer. Generations of yester years would have hardly imagined being able to communicate with people on the other side of the globe. But there were some intelligent minds that dared to dream of such revolutionary discoveries and they made the impossible possible. Ours as well as our future generations are lucky to be able to witness the technological reforms. We are fortunate enough to lead a life of luxury and comfort, since ours are the times of technology, why not let the technological reform spread far and wide? Why not make the masses aware of the new technology? Why not equip the entire society with the knowledge of the new inventions in technology? The need to introduce technology at an early age in life, illustrates the importance of technology in schools.
Information and communication technology (ICT) is universally acknowledged as an important catalyst for social transformation and national progress. However, disparities in the levels of ICT readiness and use could translate into disparities in level of productivities and hence could influence a country`s rate of economic growth. Understanding and leveraging ICT is therefore critical for countries striving for continued social and...
...Kenyan Education System: Issues and Obstacles to Learning
Posted by Lee-Anne Benoit on April 27th 2013
I’m back again with an outline of what I’ve learned about the Kenyan Education system from the diverse experiences that I’ve had. You’ll notice this blog is slightly more academic in nature, but I felt that it was important to find research to back up my own observations.
Education is perceived as one of the principal motivating factors behind national economic development and it is one of the most effective ways in which individuals can ever hope to achieve better opportunities and a higher standard of living in Kenya. For these reasons Kenya has invested heavily into its education system over the past twenty years. It is my primary objective in this blog to express all that I have learned about the primary and secondary education systems in Kenya in the short 12 weeks that I have been here. I discuss the structure of primary and secondary schools, the implementation of universal free primary education (FPE), limited and equitable access to education, obstacles to learning within the classroom, special needs education and inclusion. My understanding is derived from my experiences visiting and working at eleven different public and private schools in Kenya, two Masters courses in Special Needs...
Module 4: Using ICTs to promote education and job training for persons with disabilities
Table of Contents
1. ICT use for education and job training for persons with disabilities
2.1 What are accessible ICTs
2.2.1 Examples of accessible ICTs
2.2 Toward a definition of accessible ICTs
2.3.2 The benefits of accessible ICTs in connected schools
2.3 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)
2.4.3 Dispositions on ICT accessibility
2.4.6 Implications for other policy areas
2.4.7 Summary of accessible ICT obligations
1.4 Summary of other international laws and initiatives in support of accessible ICTs in inclusive education
1.4.1 World Summit on the Information Society
1.4.2 The International Telecommunication Union
1.4.3 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 1.4.4 UNICEF -1989 United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child 1.4.5 The Millennium Development Goals
2 The Current situation,...
...ICT had had a major impact on education in today’s society. This has had an impact on how people study and how it may have improved the way people learn through ICT. It is generally said that ICT can empower learners and teachers, promote change and also increase individual skills through ICT. It will help transforming teaching and learning processes from being highly teacher-dominated to student-centered, and this transformation will result in increased learning gains for students, creating and allowing learners to develop their creativity, informational reasoning skills, communication skills, and mainly ICT skills such as using word processing, educational software’s that help to develop the individual’s skills through ICT. This can be linked to the future as there will be more job opportunities if people have the necessary skills for ICT and this means people will be more successful. Most jobs today require some use of ICT skills as almost every task is done on the computer through ICT and this can be very important on improving people’s learning making it very easy for individual as well as learning key information in a different way which may help to learn things very quickly.
It has been said that student performance has improved when it comes to test taking when using ICT, especially...
The use of ICT to help educate students
According to the source form website, ICT ( information and communications technology ) is an umbrella term that includes any communication or application which encompassing radio, television, cellular phones, satellite systems, computer and network hardware or software and so on ( searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/sDefinition/ ). From the computing dictionary, ICT is the study of technology used to handle information and aid communication ( dictionary.refrence.com ). Nowadays, ICT is rapidly develop in many of countries which due to the globalization and technological change. Recently, ICT is widely use in many areas or sectors such as education, economy, politics and social. Especially for education, many countries now regard understanding ICT as part of the core of education, alongside writing, reading and numeracy. The emergence of ICT has made an improvement on the education for every student as it brings a lot of advantages for every student. For many teacher, ICT also has improve their effectiveness on the teaching process which in turn could help the student to enhance their educational performance. That goes...
...ICT in Education
by Victoria L. Tinio
This set of E-Primers on the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to development, is presented by UNDP for the benefit of participants to the World Summit on the Information Society. These E-Primers have been produced by UNDP’s regional project, the Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP), in association with the secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They cover a range of key topics of special interest to the ICT for Development field. Although produced mainly within and for the Asia-Pacific region, the Primers contain information and examples which pertain universally. • The Information Age • Nets, Webs and the Information Infrastructure • E-commerce and E-business • Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Information Economy • E-government • ICT and Education • ICT for Poverty Alleviation Additional titles will be added, and all can be found at http://eprimers.org and http://apdip.net.
Stephen Browne Group Leader ICT for Development United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Development Policy 304 E. 45th Street New York, NY 10017
One the many challenges facing developing countries today is preparing their societies and governments for globalization and the information and communication revolution. Policy-makers,...
ICT IN EDUCATION
Conventional or traditional teaching have long existed and have been used to a wide extent. Many past leaders, for example, Churchill, Abraham Lincoln etc did not have computer aided technology in their time of study. But prevailed in their studies and became great leaders of their time. Today, the increased amount of students in schools and pressure from both internal and external bodies has called for a different way to instruct and direct students in their way of learning. This has also encouraged teachers to look for a better way to engage, motivate and increase student’s participation in the learning process and further increase their excitement and interest in learning. (Watts and Lloyd, 2000) This intern has brought about the use of Information and Communication Technology in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and the World. Formally, when traditional forms of education was accepted as the norm in teaching, no schools, colleges and universities required computers to make impact on students but since the era of the information and communication technology (ICT), many colleges, schools and universities have experienced pressures from both outside and inside their institution to adopt new forms of teaching in both context and methods. In addition, ICT has become a modern requirement in every school. A report by UNESCO (2002)...
...ICT and its awareness for reducing Poverty in Bangladesh
Of all the Millennium Development Goals, halving poverty by 2015 is the most important and challenging one. This challenging job can be done quite successfully if the information and communication technology (ICT) can be integrated in the Government and civil society initiatives towards alleviating poverty. This paper discusses the significance of ICT revolution in the context of reducing poverty in Bangladesh. Some important ways in which ICT can be used for alleviating poverty in Bangladesh are: (a) Farmers and small businessmen can have information about market prices and competition through radio, TV, phones, and websites. In this way, they can take more informed decisions about which markets to sell to, avoiding middlemen, or they can have more bargaining power if they ultimately sell their goods to these middlemen; (b) Different rules and regulations of doing business and the overall investment climate in Bangladesh can be easily presented in an accessible format through websites. Therefore, business confidence will be increased, and it will pave the way for more investment (both local and foreign), leading towards an increased level of employment. It will surely have a positive impact on poverty; (c) with the help of ICT people can access easily and this therefore assists in achieving universal...
...Nowadays the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), especially internet in the education sector plays an important role, especially in the process of empowering the technology into the educational activities. Education sector can be the most effective sector to anticipate and eliminate the negative impact of ICT. Technology (internet) in another side can be the most effective way to increase the student’s knowledge.
Being aware of the significant role of ICT (internet) in our life, especially in the educational activities, education authorities should be wise enough in implementing the strategies to empower ICT in supporting the teaching and learning process in the classroom. ICT is not just the bloom of the educational activities, but also it will be the secondary option to improve the effective and meaningful educational process.
The main purpose of the Strategy for Information and Communication Technology Implementation in Education is to provide the prospects and trends of integrating information and communication technology (ICT) into the general educational activities.
There are some unavoidable facts in the modern education; first, the ICT has been developing very rapidly nowadays. Therefore, in order to balance it, the whole educational system should be reformed and...