MMU challenged to lead in Teacher- ICT Training
Holding on to its strong tradition of commitment to community in the areas of Education and Community Sponsorship, Multimedia University of Kenya played its role as a responsible institution when it donated goods worth approximately Ksh 100,000 to Nakeel Boys High School and Ongata Rongai Primary School on June 9, 2013.
The donations that included books, uniforms, office cabinets and bedcovers were given as part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) exercise. Also, the idea of starting basic Information Technology (IT) training for standard one teachers ahead of the government’s free laptop initiative was borne.
Speaking at the event, Kajiado Education Officer, Ms. Beth Kitena requested MMU to assist primary school teachers in the region with IT training so as to provide a soft landing for the government initiative.
In his response, the Dean - Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Abel Mayaka – representing Ag.Vice Chancellor Prof. Walter Oyawa - said MMU will pick up the challenge, initiate and work on modalities of kick-starting the IT training exercise as one of its CSR activities with a view to equipping teachers with basic ICT skills ahead of free laptop initiative.
He noted the university seeks to connect with the community in a deep and meaningful way with focus being the IT training aimed at generating greater impact even up to the national level.
On his part, the Principal Nakeel Boys High School Mr. Muchiri Kibuku lauded MMU for choosing his School for the donation. He said that his school is keen in scaling up its academic performance with such support adding that the institution was ranked the most improved school in 2012 KCSE with a mean score of 6.61, and, also, produced the best candidate in Kajiado North.
The Principal however appealed to the University to consider setting up a computer lab in the school noting that despite the impressive performance the institution had registered, it was not well equipped in terms of computer training laboratories.
His sentiments were echoed by Ongata Rongai Primary head teacher Ms. Jane Kiruri who said that there was need to introduce pupils to basic computer literacy adding that some pupils even fear touching a computer mouse a situation she observed would slow the government’s initiative if not addressed.
More than 100 students benefited from the exercise that was also attended by the area Assistant County Commissioner Mrs. Vivian Mboga, area Chief Mr. Kenneth among other guests.