iMlango sponsors the upcoming 7th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington D.C.

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For the past three years, iMlango's programme partners have been invited to share the great work that each organisation has been carrying out in Kenya, so we are delighted to be able to show our collective support by sponsoring the 7th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium, which takes place on 5 and 6 October in Washington D.C.

The Alliance, which was founded in 2010, is an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, academic researchers, and implementing organizations.

The collective agenda of the Alliance is to explore cutting-edge intersections between mobile technologies for education, particularly in low-resource and developing country context, to reduce duplicative efforts, to promote collective knowledge-sharing, and to identify and support efforts to scale promising ICT4E interventions.

For this year's event, the mEducation Alliance Steering Committee have taken a novel approach, asking presenters to look backwards from the year 2020 and share specific information about the pathways they, or other partners, followed for gathering the evidence to scale and spread their successful information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives by this year. 

This theme demonstrates the power of the Symposium as a venue for discussing pathways to spreading and scaling innovations, the importance of gathering evidence of impact and for highlighting the essential role of policy makers in adopting ICT4E initiatives.

Looking forward to another great Symposium next week - see you all there...

The iMlango Team

School holidays

Girl pupils hold up their iMlango cards at Kalamba primary school

Girl pupils hold up their iMlango cards at Kalamba primary school

August is somewhat quieter due to the break for the school holidays. It was great to see, however,  that some parents were interested in their children being able to continue to access the iMlango educational content during the holidays, asking the field team how it would be possible to access the learning platform outside of school opening hours. During these holidays, we have begun planning an iMlango training session which will be delivered by all organisations involved in the programme. 

 
Pupils access and read Africa-focused stories on the learning platform during a whole-class learning session at Kwaupanga primary school

Pupils access and read Africa-focused stories on the learning platform during a whole-class learning session at Kwaupanga primary school

 

 

Focussing on sustainability

During the year, we have seen schools making big strides in thinking of ways to help make iMlango sustainable in the future.

We've seen one school in Uasin Gishu county, Elgon estate primary, purchase and set-up a solar power system in their school to help reduce electricity costs, and plans are underway for the school to purchase an alarm system to enhance the security of the school’s computer lab.

Other sustainability measures that we have seen be implemented by schools include purchasing electricity generators which are used to power the computers whenever there is a power blackout; a fairly regular occurrence for some schools.

It's really great to see these schools investing for the future.

Until next time, 
The iMlango Team

The Great Debaters Contest Final

On the 22nd of July we were invited the national televised final of The Great Debaters Contest, held at the GEMS Cambridge International School in Nairobi.

The Great Debaters Contest is a debate show that drives conversations about factors affecting young people in Kenya. It provides a forum for them to intellectually tackle matters of national, continental and global importance, with the hope that they can contribute to the making of policies that shape society and change the world views of young viewers and listeners.

The Great Debaters Contest partners with iMlango to run the iMlango Junior Debaters Contest, which is scheduled to return to iMlango schools for the second round of Competition 2, in the third term this year. 

Each of The Great Debaters Contest rounds are produced into weekly television shows that air on Kenya’s national broadcaster, KBC.

 
(Photo Courtesy of The Great Debaters Contest)

(Photo Courtesy of The Great Debaters Contest)

 

The final attracted students from 13 secondary schools from across the country, and the motions debated at the final revolved around important matters affecting Kenyan society such as: corruption, terrorism, immigration, insecurity, and climate change.

 
Ernest of the iMlango field team addresses the crowd

Ernest of the iMlango field team addresses the crowd

 

Members of the iMlango field team attended the finals; it was a great opportunity to interact with teachers and students to discuss Sustainable Development Goal number four, Quality Education, and our role in implementing the goal through the programme.

Thank you Arimus Media for inviting us to the finals!


In the field

The field team are currently going through the process of identifying a number of secondary schools across the four counties to be part of the second phase of the programme. This process includes conducting surveys to assess schools' requirements, such as whether they require internet connectivity and the availability of computers to access the iMlango learning platform. 

At Arnesens primary school in Uasin Gishu county, the ICT teacher Mr Peter Ng’ang’a was one of the teachers who underwent teacher training in April 2015 at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa,.

The training's goal was to equip teachers with necessary ICT skills, build their capacity and therefore improve learning outcomes for the pupils. 

This training made Mr Ng'ang'a emerge as one of the best teachers at training pupils and other teachers, and has since seen him be recognised for his efforts by the curriculum support officer.

Mr Ng'ang'a was chosen to train public schools under the government's Digital Learning Programme, and has now trained the Tulwet zone, consisting of 27 schools.

Mr Ng'ang'a said: “iMlango has built my ICT skills as an individual, as I spend my time here in the lab learning. The iMlango staff have also enabled my knowledge to grow as they don’t disregard my questions; rather, they answer and help where they can. I am grateful to iMlango as I have harvested my knowledge from them."

Until next time,

The iMlango Team

Mr Ng’ang’a with standard 6 pupils in the computer lab

Mr Ng’ang’a with standard 6 pupils in the computer lab