January 28, 2022

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The Slovak Republic is a partner in the Busia Autonomous Region in the creation of ICT centers

The Slovak Republic has partnered with the Bischia County Government to improve the digital space for youth and improve e-literacy in the areas of education, health, agriculture and environmental management.

In an interview with reporters, the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Kenya Katerina Zova Liliktunova said:

“We are also interested in digitization projects in primary schools and our main goal is to ensure that the challenges posed by fear of technology among students are addressed,” he said.

Ababo Namwamba, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Slovakia had already started digitizing seven primary schools in Bunial and called for the project to be expanded to other sub-regions.

Namwamba said that after the school digitization project, a digital center and other training centers will be established in Fuchsia to turn the district into a knowledge hub.

“As a country, we should try not to create illiterate ICT graduates. The world depends on the internet-connected global economy to become a small village,” Namwamba said.

Deputy Governor Bossia Moses Molomi thanked the Slovak Republic for its long-standing relationship with the regional government in various areas, such as agriculture, information technology and education.

Kenya prefers the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning at primary and tertiary levels, including cooperation with international agencies and organisations.

In response to technological change, the 2006 National Information Technology Policy was amended, leading to the development of the 2019 National Information Technology Policy, which aims to reach a knowledge-based society and ensure access to affordable, effective, reliable and affordable ICT services…

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The Digital Literacy Program was launched in 2016 with the aim of distributing digital devices to primary school students and training teachers to provide digital educational content. In total, about 81,000 teachers have been trained under the programme.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Teacher Services Committee (TSC) target teachers in ICT training to provide them with basic and advanced ICT skills.

District Commissioner Busio Kipshumba Roto hailed the partnership between the two countries and noted that it will help reduce the level of uncertainty in the country and thus support economic growth.

“The introduction of high-speed internet, computers, tablets and other digital devices in schools and city centers will open more opportunities for our youth to fight crime within the region,” he said.