DUBAI: A Dubai Cares delegation, led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has visited Kenya to monitor and evaluate the implementation of its “Transforming Students Learning and Teacher Professional Development through ICT” programme, launched in 2014.
The programme, which is being implemented in Kenya and Uganda in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), focuses on the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education to transform the learning experience in classrooms. The AED6,585,476 (US$1,792,698) is set to impact 106,482 students, 1,317 teachers across 100 schools in Kenya.
Dubai Cares’ programme focuses on validating and delivering effective scalable models to mainstream the use of ICT in teacher development, including their ability to use ICT in the classrooms. The programme also improves access to ICT hardware and software and provides effective monitoring and support training to teachers through the use of ICT, as well as monitoring school performance and progress. The programme is in-line with the Government of Kenya’s efforts to embrace ICT as a means to strengthen teaching and learning outcomes.
Commenting on the impact of the programme, Al Gurg said, “The education system in Kenya has expanded rapidly since independence, but the sector has many notable challenges, namely the gaps in professional teacher development, which are impacting the student learning outcomes. We are pleased to witness how our programme is helping to change the students’ learning process and improving the professional development of teachers. The programme is also testing and validating models and methods that are relevant and important to help the Kenyan Government in fulfilling its own ambitions and plans for ICT integration and use in the schools at a national level.”
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