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ICT board lines up laptop grant for university students

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by BrainPower, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. BrainPower

    BrainPower Senior Member

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    By David Mugwe (Bdafrica.com)

    The Kenya ICT Board has lined up a $120 (about Sh10,000) laptop grant for 15,500 university students in a plan meant to raise Internet access and computer usage.
    Through the World Bank programme dubbed Wezesha, the board aims to increase computer usage and make it a learning tool.
    “This initial phase of the initiative will allow up to 15,500 students in Kenyan universities afford a laptop,” said Martin Kinyua, project manager, digital inclusion at the board.
    The project being funded under the Transparency and Communications Infrastructure Project (TCIP) will cost the board about Sh160 million.
    “We want to make it possible for students to get a laptop. Once you give people the tools they are able to become more productive,” said Mr Kinyua.
    The project set to start in September is expected to increase ICT usage in education sector from primary to secondary and university level.
    “Using a laptop will become a necessity in every sphere of life,” said Lucy Odhiambo, the ICT board communications manager.
    The Board recently supplied high speed broadband to academic institutions including universities and colleges under its KENET Connectivity programme funded by the World Bank.
    Over 200MB was supplied to about 54 institutions.
    The project will enable the students use the bandwidth by putting laptops in their hands, said Ms Odhiambo.
    University students will apply for the funds through a portal managed by the ICT Board. Beneficiaries will be selected on a first-come-first served basis.
    Verification of students will be done at the retailer, at the university and using the portal.
    “The ICT Board is targeting approximately eight per cent of the student population in each university. The number of laptops given per university will be pro-rated to the based on the total number of students per university,” said Mr Kinyua.
    The ICT board called on other industry players to come up with incentives that will make laptops affordable for all students.
    Educationists have lauded the project saying computers have become an important tool for students.
    Dr. Jon Masso, DVC academics at Daystar University said: “The project will benefit institutions because more students will use the computers without necessarily having to use computer labs.”
    The director of computer studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Dr. Mwaura Mwangi said: “We expect a good number of the students to make good use of the laptops. But the ICT board should do a feasibility study to assess proper utilisation of the laptops.
    “Students have needs and one challenge is that some may end up selling the laptops…the ICT Board and the universities may not have control over that.”


    Kama wakiweza kutimiza hata angalau hata 70% ya malengo haya .nina wapongeza.

    Now We are talking ....! This is the right way of going about bringing ICT to students.

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    BrainPower Senior Member

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    Subsidized Laptops for 15,667 Kenyan University Students - Real ICT4Edu Investment

    The Kenya ICT Board and Kenya's Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) are about to launch a bold experiment in getting the tools of ICT into the hands of tomorrow's leaders in Kenya. They're going to subsidize laptops for 15,667 university students through the Wezesha program.
    Wezesha will provide 9,000 Kenya Shillings (KES) equivalent to USD 120 towards purchasing a laptop for university students.
    There are two models of laptops sold by five pre-qualified retailers. The $120 subsidy will reduce the laptop price by 15% and 33%, depending on the laptop model. This is a fixed incentive - it will pay for only a portion of the laptop, regardless of the specifications and price.
    The future of learning in Kenya




    The Wezesha project is open to all Kenyan university students in accredited University in Kenya (public and private) that expressed interest in Wezesha.
    Here's the process by which students can get their subsidized laptops:
    1. Wezesha portal (launches December 3) - University student browses
    2. University student registers on the Wezesha portal
    3. University Coordinator verifies and approves University students registration online
    4. Student receives voucher via email
    5. Student logs on to the Wezesha portal and selects preferred laptop
    6. Information is displayed on preferred laptop. Price of laptop less voucher amount is displayed
    7. Students selects preferred laptop and inputs voucher information
    8. Retailer gets notification of intent of purchase of laptop.
    9. Student goes to buy preferred laptop from retailer
    10. Voucher and student information verified at point of sale by the retailer in the presence of the student
    11. Student provides voucher and balance to redeem laptop
    12. The student becomes the owner of a brand new laptop
    Wezesha's Impact on Kenya
    What do you think 15 thousand laptop-enabled college students will do for Kenya's higher education system? Or for the African Internet culture? No doubt it will have a big impact on future ICT usage in Kenya.
    Immediately, I can see a huge boost in Facebook's impact on Kenyan society in the midst of an intensified mobile data price war. I can also see these connected college students creating an explosion in Kenyan conversations online.
    Last but not least, Wezesha is the 4th reason why Kenya has better Internet business opportunities than Nigeria.

    Source: Subsidized Laptops for 15,667 Kenyan University Students - Real ICT4Edu Investment | ICTWorks

    My 2 cents: Now we have a program to compare to. Asije mtu akaleta laptop hapa akasema gov't isubsidize dollar $1000 wakati hapo jirani gov't in subsidize KSH 9000 tu.