Kenya’s hope to become the seat of education in the whole of Africa is not a new-found dream. Historical records namely the Swahili manuscript “Utendi Wa Tambuka” attests that Kenyan people had access to education to a date as far back as 1728. During the colonial ear the missionaries tried to establish many schools based on the western philosophy. At the same time several Kenyan nationals from affluent families went aboard to pursue higher education and learning.
In the coming years, Kenya is expected to become the ICT hub of Africa. The Kenyan government is taking keen interest to develop the country on the lines of modernity and technological innovation and the 2017 Master Plan is the embodiment of that. As per the plan, the government has taken initiative to connect every Kenyan with communication and technology. It also aims on building a society on the crux of knowledge and extend all public services to the citizens via the web.
Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country. -Isabel Allende
Women are the foundation of a family, neighborhood, community and country. They are the primary caregiver of a family, with who rests important decision that can impact the well-being of each member of the family. However, despite the power they hold, they are times when they are not able to assert themselves due to lack of confidence which stems from being denied the right to education.
A major change that Africa has witnessed in the bygone years is the advancement made in the ICT or Information and Communication Technology. Thanks to the dotcom bubble and internet revolution in the rest of the world, Africa has witnessed major investment in the lay down of broadband internet cables and 3G technology. This has paved way for the popularity of wireless computing technologies namely Smartphone’s and tablets. All this has created a very conducive environment for leveraging the quality of education in the continent, especially at the college and university level.
Nairobi, October 2013Catholic University of Eastern Africa is one of the most renowned higher educational institutions in Kenya. It has been providing quality education to its students in a variety of different courses and fields. CUEA gives a contract to mElimu for tablets and platforms for its distance e-learning programmes. The aim of setting up this programme is to make higher education available to those who are unable to take up a regular course.