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Safaricom partners with Zeraki Learning for Digital Learning platform

This digital platform seeks to provide topic-by-topic assessments and powerful metrics to help students diagnose their weaknesses and track their progress.

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Safaricom Technology for Development, Senior Manager,l Benjamin Makai,Zeraki learning Chief Operations officer Erick Oude and Safaricom Product Manager Kennedy Kahura together test the newly launched video learning app on tablet during the launch of the Zeraki learning digital platform at Kenya Institute of Curriculum development.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has partnered with Zeraki Learning to enable secondary school learners access affordable education services from well trained teachers and informative video lessons.

This digital platform seeks to provide topic-by-topic assessments and powerful metrics to help students diagnose their weaknesses and track their progress.

“Our investments in education, both from a solutions and philanthropic perspective, are geared towards addressing current gaps and boost youth employability. Through the partnership with Zeraki Learning we want to ensure that the platform makes digital education accessible and affordable. For parents, Zeraki gives them access to their child’s academic record which they can use to support their decisions”, said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

Safaricom has added a touchpoint within MySafaricom App which will enable parents and guardians to subscribe for the service for as low as KES 20 a day. The amount can be deducted from customers’ airtime/postpaid bill or via M-PESA

“We are glad to be able to extend our services to Safaricom customers in a bid to make learning accessible to students from all backgrounds. By leveraging on Safaricom’s technology and platform and pairing it with our services, we will provide a solution that we hope will have a positive impact in Kenya,” said Isaac Nyangolo, CEO, Zeraki Learning.

Zeraki analytics offers the latest system of compiling and analyzing students’ data by providing an interface for results analysis, marks entry, and bulk messaging to parents. For the teachers, Zeraki analytics results gives them a new and easy way to analyze and visualize exam results.

The platform is available in the education section of MySafaricom App under the discover tab and on www.safaricom.com/elimu

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Government to digitize over 5 billion documents

Over 300 government services have been digitized, and over 50 Huduma Centers have been established across the country. The two came forth as a result of master plans created at prior related summits.

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The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plans to digitize over 5 billion government records at both County and national governments’ offices.

This is among 19 flagship projects of the 10-year National Digital Master plan, launched during the just concluded 11th edition of the annual Connected Summit.

The 10-year National Digital Master Plan (2022-2032) is expected to guide the country forward on ICT developments and investments, outlining the structured roadmap for the delivery of ICT infrastructure and services as well as the development of ICT skills.

The four-day summit themed ‘accelerating digital transformation’ was aimed at reviewing the progress and achievements in the ICT sector in the country, as well as identifying the digital divide strategy to deliver affordable and accessible broadband connectivity for all.

Cabinet Secretary for ICT and Youth Affairs, Mr Joe Mucheru during the launch of the master plan, noted that Kenya has a unique and robust talent base unlike any other developing country across the globe.

Kenya has transformed into a regional ICT hub and is developing globally into a competitive digital economy and through the summits, since its inception in 2009, have continued to tackle topical issues in the country.

One such outcome of the summit includes the implementation of the Digital Literacy Program (DLP) which has seen the distribution of over 1.2 million to over 22,000 public primary schools.

Through the integration of technology in the classroom environment, the program has made digital literacy available to early learners, revolutionizing teaching and learning.

CS Joe Mucheru said plans to roll out phase two of the program are underway, targeting upper primary schools and other learning institutions.

“ The program continues to transform the education sector by making digital literacy universally accessible for our learners, and plans are underway to roll out phase two of the program to increase connectivity to upper primary schools with reliable internet services.”

Furthermore, the government has taken the lead in integrating ICT into public service delivery, making government services more accessible to citizens.

Over 300 government services have been digitized, and over 50 Huduma Centers have been established across the country. The two came forth as a result of master plans created at prior related summits.

Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Mr Simon Chelgui, said that the ministry of labour was currently upgrading the Kenya Labour Market information system to generate up-to-date labour market indicators.

“With digital penetration, we can break the barriers and create one regional community, enabling us to transform this region and economy using ICT by harnessing the potential of digital technologies without creating a digital divide.”

The summit drew delegates from the EAC, among them; Uganda’s ICT Minister Dr Chris Baryomunsi, his Tanzanian counterpart Dr Faustine Ndugulle and Rwanda’s Director-General for Digital Transformation, Gordon Kalema.

Uganda’s ICT Minister, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, commended the strides Kenya has made in ensuring coverage in the ICT sector noting Kenya has set the ball rolling to identify and speak of issues affecting us as a country, region and continent and identifying solutions.

The summit was held last week from the 11th-14th at Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort in Kwale County.

 

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