A School Technology Innovation Centre will be established in a bid to advance the quality of education in Nairobi, Kenya. This follows a partnership by Intel, Microsoft and Kenya Institute of Education. This center Learning Program. The center will be dedicated to research on innovative emerging technology solutions and serve as a repository and showcase for best-known methods of teaching, learning and educational technology.This model has previously been promoted in other countries through Microsoft Partners in Learning Program.
This Innovation center will be a hub for teachers and education leaders to access technology solutions information and trends proven to to deliver innovative teaching and a dynamic learning environment for the 21st century industry skills. Visitors will also be able to view research on innovative educational technology solutions, witness technology demos, participate in trainings, and learn from best-practice models and outcomes. To demonstrate the benefits of technology in the classroom, the centre will feature 25 Intel classmate PCs and the latest software offerings from Microsoft. Under the ACE project, the aim was to create “one-to-one e-learning” – a model in which every student has access to a computer to help foster an environment where young people can develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.
The centre is part of the Accelerating 21st Century Education (ACE) project launched two years ago in collaboration with the Ministry of Education which aims to improve the quality of primary and secondary education through the effective use of technology. The ACE project has deployed Intel classmate PCs, teacher laptops, wireless infrastructure, educational content and teacher training to 23 schools in Kenya in the last month.