Kartridges Kenya launch their digital learning programme in Embu County

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Darren Gillen with the parents and teachers at St Mary's Kanja on the handover of their devices. Photo: Twitter/KartridgesL

On Friday 19th July 2019, Kartridges Kenya launched their Digital Learning Programme in their pilot county Embu, the project involved 33 Private Schools who are all members of Kenya Private Schools Association, Embu Chapter.

The project idea was first conceived in June 2018 during a meeting with all Embu School Directors who felt that they were lacking behind Public Schools with their IT requirements in a digital learning in the classroom. Over the next six months Kartridges Kenya has been working with hardware suppliers in China to cater for the requirements of the schools and to ensure the highest quality tablet devices. 

The project has been done in collaboration with two partners, Longhorn Publishers who provide the content for the learning and Virtual Learning Solutions who provide the training for the teachers, discussions are ongoing to bring Equity Bank fully onboard with the project going forward.  

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Kartridges Kenya Business Development and Operations Director Darren Gillen was warmly welcomed and serenaded by the fantastic and excited students at St Mary’s School in Runeyeges. Photo: Twitter/KartridgesL

The project was formally launched at Izaak Walton Inn, Embu were the tablets were handed over to the School Directors and presentations were given by Kartridges Kenya on how we were able to assist with growing there capabilities and using the tablet devices more effectively, through teachers laptops, smart boards and projectors which make the classes more interactive and fun. 

Speaking on behalf of members, Mr. Francis Buthia the Chairman of KPSA Embu and Principal of Bonanza School said that ‘’this is a great day for our County and a great day for our children, when finally we can see the fruits of this project and we are so pleased and happy. We would like to thank Kartridges Kenya for their patience and resilience for finally making this happen’’.

St Mary’s Academy in Kanja, Runyenjes was the venue for the handover of 50 devices to School Director Mrs. Damaris Njeru in front of an excited group of pupils, teachers and parents, a warm Kenyan welcome was given to the Business Development and Operations Director, Darren Gillen from Kartridges Kenya and his team. 

Darren Gillen hands over the Digital Learning Tablets at St Mary’s Kanja, Runeyeges in Embu County. VIdeo: Twitter/KartridgesL

It was announced at the school that St Mary’s would be the focal point for visiting schools who wanted to see the e-learning classroom up and running an announcement which was warmly welcomed by all in attendance. During his speech, Darren Gillen said, ‘’ I am delighted and humbled by the warm reception I have received here today as we officially hand over these devices, I hope and I pray that our collaboration with St Mary’s will continue to grow as we grow our program not just here in Embu but in other surrounding counties. From the day I came to Embu three years ago, I knew that indeed Embu is the County of Opportunities and may I also say vision. Thank you to Madam Damaris and her wonderful staff and pupils for their support and willingness to become a pioneer for e-learning in this County”

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