The global leader in software technology, Microsoft, has been working in coordination with African governments, educators, and NGO’s for many years now to enhance the robustness and efficiency of their educational systems using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Microsoft’s initiatives brought positive change in many African countries.
One of Microsoft’s initiatives reached as far as East Africa, as the company is helping digitalize school curriculums in Kenya. In collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Microsoft is training curriculum developers to create digitalized and interactive educational content designed to enhance the learning experience of Kenyan students. This initiative has already been concretized for 9th grade subjects. The project is meant to facilitate access to high-quality educational material for Kenyan students and instructors in the most efficient way, and thereby opening up further opportunities to develop their potential as students and teachers.
This initiative echoes what the CTED has been working on in terms of the creation of Contextual Information Portals (CIP). CIP’s are structured archives of web pages accessible offline and chosen to fit the specific needs of the user (in this case, schools), which proves an extremely helpful resource in areas of limited internet accessibility.