World Children's Day in Kenya

21. 11. 2020 Saturday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

On the occasion of World Children’s Day, thanks to the collaboration and support of Nokia and UNICEF, 10 schools have joined local mobile operators and currently more than 1,000 children can connect to digital learning via the internet and later more than 6,000 students can join immediately after schools reopen.

We have worked with UNICEF (UNICEF Kenya and Suomen UNICEF - UNICEF Finland) to improve the quality and equity of education. Using our fixed wireless access solution, 10 Kenyan schools have joined, providing connectivity for more than 5,000 students.

Since 2018 we have been working with UNICEF Finland and UNICEF Kenya to build a multi-partner collaboration to bring internet connectivity and inclusive digital learning to Kenyan schools in rural and disadvantaged urban areas across the country.

In September and October 2020, the first 10 schools across Kenya were successfully connected using Nokia Fixed Wireless Access solution, which is used to connect more children in a fast and efficient way with high-speed and high-capacity broadband needed for remote digital education.

The program has four key aims:

  • Accessible quality digital education content

  • Meaningful teacher training

  • Internet connectivity solutions for schools

  • Joint communication and advocacy

    There are still children in many countries who have no access to good quality education or digital skills. This lack of access to learning often affects girls and children with disabilities more than other groups in many countries. As part of the cooperation and trialling of technical solutions with UNICEF Kenya we began to build a shared value program that aims to improve the quality and equity of education for children, particularly girls and children with disabilities in one of the most difficult contexts in Africa – the northern counties of Kenya and the disadvantaged urban informal settlements of the capital city Nairobi. Generally, Kenya has emphasized the importance of digital learning and taken significant steps to support digital learning and greater school connectivity.

    The program has been able to convene public and private stakeholders, including ministries and authorities, and all Mobile Network Operators resulting in secured buy-in for the testing of the fixed wireless access connectivity solution and thus connected the first schools. Importantly the program has also piloted the accessible digital textbook, mapped and curated digital Open Educational Resources (OERs) resulting in increased capacity and availability of digital content for the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and more

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