Educating visually impaired through ICT in Kenya

VIKris Senanu, deputy chief executive of AccessKenya shakes hands with Nelson Otieno, a student from Thika Primary and Secondary Schools for the Blind. (Image source: AccessKenya)IT solutions provider AccessKenya has announced that it will use information communication technologies (ICT) for the delivery of online education to visually impaired children in Kenya

AccessKenya has signed two contracts with inABLE Kenya and Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), where the company will spend US$78,504.26 to support the Assistive Technology Labs project by inABLE Kenya and another US$13,085.12 for the Enhancing ICT use in Schools initiative by CFSK.

Kris Senanu, deputy chief executive of AccessKenya, said that the company will deliver Internet and related technology support to bring online education in six primary and secondary schools that cater to the visually impaired children over the next one year.

Senanu added, “The schools are Likoni Primary school for the blind in Mombasa, St Francis Primary school for the blind in Kapenguria, St. Oda Primary school for the blind in Siaya, Kibos primary and secondary schools for the blind in Kisumu and St. Lucy Secondary School for the blind in Meru county.

“In total, the project will benefit more than 1,700 students. Our vision is to see the total inclusion of the education sector in the advancements being experienced in the local and regional ICT space.”

AccessKenya already provides free Internet services to the Thika Primary and Secondary Schools for the Blind in Thika town of Kenya.

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