Microsoft Launches Badiliko to transform African Education

Badiliko African Digital Schools Project

Badiliko African Digital Schools ProjectBadiliko is an Africa Digital Schools project by Microsoft and British Council aimed at improving ICT use in innovative teaching practice. This project will be undertaken in 6 sub-saharan countries Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria. Basically to improve the quality of teaching. A first by Microsoft and British Council, Badiliko which was launched today with a 4 day training of “Trainers of Trainers” that will see createion of 80 digital hubs across the 6 countries that will enable training of teachers and School leaders. The investment by the two is $1M plus staff and in-kind resources.

The stakeholders in this partnership are Microsoft, British Council and Teachers Service Commission. Selected educators and school leaders will undergo the ‘Badiliko’ training course modules structured to equip teachers to become trainers of trainers. They will be taken through modules such as managing change, leading effective teaching and learning, ICT skills development, International dimensions and technology as well as innovative teaching and learning. At the end of the course, each teacher is expected to become a Digital Ambassador for the programme and to train other teachers to address the whole element of training and transforming it for the better.

The target is to train 20,000 teachers, 4,000 per country in the selected schools. The school selection will be done in conjunction with the Ministry of  Education in the District level to pick the schools that would best serve the regions. And the scope is countrywide, regardless of the infrastructure access (electricity grid, internet, communication) these are factors that have to be worked around.