Global tech giant Microsoft has included four Kenyan schools among 42 others in Africa that are effectively using technology in teaching methods.
Westlands Primary, Mary Mount Secondary, Maralal Primary and Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, were identified based on their expertise in personalised learning using Microsoft technologies.
Through the Microsoft Showcase Schools programme that highlights innovative leadership and teaching across schools globally, the institutions will now take on an advisory role in education reforms in Kenya and other participating countries.
“This programme has a strong passion for modernising schools and ensuring students use technology that prepares them for their future,” said Microsoft Kenya Country Manager, Kunle Awosika.
Mr Awosika said that the schools were nominated by Microsoft in each region in collaboration with key stakeholders, including education experts.
He said the programme views technology as an accelerator, but recognises that it does not enable change on its own.
“We believe in the power of the teacher and the school leader, and the impact they can have when they are brought together and recognised for their achievements,” said Mr Awosika.
The digital ‘ambassador’ for Maralal Primary School, Abdikadir Ismael, said that they will find new academic approaches to complement infrastructure and ICT using Microsoft solutions such as Windows devices, Office 365 Education, Office Mix, OneNote and Skype.