In Summary:
– Through a partnership with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the county government of Nairobi, over 150 schools have been connected to fixed high-speed Internet in a pilot project that began April this year.
– The project, named “WazEd”, supplements the government’s school laptop project. During the first three months, the fibre network was rolled out and evaluated.
– The National Research and Education Network of Kenya, will manage the internet service and educational portal, including registration of the .sc.ke domain names for the schools.

The Wananchi Group, the owner of pay TV company Zuku, has rolled out a Sh197.4 million ($2 million) initiative to connect over 2,000 schools in Nairobi to fixed Internet.

Through a partnership with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the county government of Nairobi, over 150 schools have been connected to fixed high-speed Internet in a pilot project that began April this year.

The project, named “WazEd”, supplements the government’s school laptop project. During the first three months, the fibre network was rolled out and evaluated.

“The project is a private-public partnership leveraging on Wananchi Group’s fibre infrastructure in delivering information, communication and technology services to 2,715 schools in Nairobi, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030,” said Wananchi Group CEO Richard Alden.

MANAGE INTERNET

The National Research and Education Network of Kenya will manage the Internet service and educational portal, including the registration of the .sc.ke domain names for the schools.

Airtel Kenya also has an Internet-to-schools project that has connected 130 schools and plans to connect more countrywide.

Safaricom has rolled out its e-learning management platform, dubbed Safaricom Blackboard at the Starehe School.

Nokia has rolled out a mobile-based education application in 10 Kenyan schools to aid in the teaching of sciences, especially mathematics. Samsung has connected schools to solar-powered Internet and e-boards for teaching.

Intel through its Intel Explore and Learn software also provides interactive digital learning content to schools. The content is uploaded online and is approved by the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development.