In a significant stride towards ensuring equitable digital access, Chinese information and communication technology giant, Huawei, has embarked on an initiative to connect special needs schools in Kenya to the world of the internet. The announcement was made by Huawei Kenya’s Deputy CEO, Steven Zhang, marking a pivotal moment in the company’s efforts to enhance learners’ connectivity and educational experience.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Zhang revealed that Huawei is amplifying its commitment to empowering learners by linking them to the national fiber optic cable. This initiative is set to roll out in the second phase of the Digischool program, which aims to foster a technologically enriched learning environment across a total of 16 primary and secondary schools.
“The Digischool project has been designed to enhance the learning experience for students across schools in Kenya and to improve the overall administration of these institutions,” Zhang expressed the company’s dedication.
The initial phase of the Digischool program was instrumental in connecting 13 schools to the National Fiber Optic Cable, marking a significant milestone in Huawei’s mission to bridge the digital gap.
“Following the completion of the Digischool program’s first phase in which 13 schools were connected to the National Fiber Optic Cable, will now prioritize and expand school connectivity to further enhance education quality, accessibility, and equity,” Zhang stated in a statement.
Huawei has had a rich history of contributing to the nation’s network infrastructure across the country for the past 25 years. Huawei is committed to ensuring that the potential of every student is nurtured, setting them on a trajectory toward success in the evolving digital economy.
The essence of the Digischool program is to provide a channel through which learners can acquire essential digital skills that are necessary in the model world. The Digischool program has also created many unplanned benefits such as inter-school support and student access to international competitions. In addition, school administrators significantly benefit from online access, especially from communicating with parents and school Internet parents and the local communities are also able to use the Internet access points in these schools.