ICT integration in education means seamless incorporation of information and communication technologies to support and enhance the attainment of curriculum objectives
It was such a bright glamorous morning in the village of Lurambi when a healthy-smiling boy landed into this cruel earth .It didn’t take long before he was labelled Avedi –a name which in their traditional settings symbolized a beast. As days went by , the boy slowly learnt how to crawl , support himself on stuffs and eventually made one or two steps . It wasn’t long before I started my elementary studies in one of the scruffy local-based schools .This is when the reality started dawning to me that I had been born from a humble background ; where affording daily food was a stumbling block ,school fees a nightmare and good clothing nothing but just a dream . At that young age I saw my life leaning at the edge of the fence, where If I couldn’t work extra harder I would end up in the same ditch of poverty as my predecessors .This however didn’t hinder my dream as I knew that education was the only key that held my success .
I maneuvered through my primary education with this tenacious life but eventually in the year 2011 was preparing for my Certificate of Primary Education . I managed by God’s grace to scoop the highest grade of A of 81 points . The joy that filled the whole village for this impeccable performance was second to none . The following year I was lucky to get the admission from one of the best High schools in our Country . I had to go through the transition of leaving my family , loved ones and culture to move to this new life , setting and culture .In that school I managed to meet new people and had no other option but to quickly adapt to my new life . Time actually flies and no sooner had I realized than I was going to sit for Secondary education exams . I managed to pass these examinations with flying colors as I was 21st best student in our Country ; and this is where the opportunity for the Chinese scholarship presented itself.
Through my Education life I had this dream of leaving a legacy as one of the best Telecommunications Engineers to ever exist . Hearing of the opportunity of coming to China to do same I didn’t give it a second thought as this was what I have been longing for the rest of my life . My dream was to use my potential and passion in telecommunication engineering to transform peoples life in Education sector , Transport sector ,Real estate sector ,Medical sector and so forth .
For instance , Kenya’s construction industry has been accelerating at a rapid pace and making a substantial contribution to the country’s strong GDP growth figures on the back of major public works projects and rising demand for mixed-use and residential developments. However, the market is not without its challenges, and the funding and financing environment at all stages of project execution is tough, creating negative cost implications and a potential obstacle to the industry’s long-term, sustainable growth. Given the strong growth in the Real estate and Construction sector and the number of projects in the pipeline, it is unsurprising that there is significant interest in penetrating the local market. While there are challenges in terms of funding for the government and financing and cash flow for contracting firms, there are also substantial opportunities. However, in the longer term, the sustained growth of the sector will be dependent upon the ability to bring more private funding into projects on the ground. As one of the major markets of sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya is of increasing interest as a real estate investment destination. The 44 million -person country and its 4.2m-strong capital Nairobi act as a gateway to a regional East African market, which is approaching 150m people. Domestically, the economy has been outperforming much of the world, the population is expanding and incomes are on the rise. Given these basic demand trends, it is hardly surprising that Kenya, like much of the sub-Saharan Africa region, is piquing the interests of a range of international funds and institutional investors. While there is undoubted potential in Kenya, the ability to tap into it is somewhat constrained, and affordability remains a concern. As a telecommunication Engineer ,I would improve communication network between the Kenyan market owners and the outside investors .The question comes how to improve our communication network ? I will link the stable programming entities to collaborate with the Real estate Cooperatives (source of funding ) to create marketing websites , include subsidiary prices , lower taxes for investors and finally allowing proper working environment for investors both foreign and local .This for sure will be not only an effective marketing strategy but also a weapon to counter other real estate developers in our neighboring countries . This strategy would be a massive source of revenue for the government which can be channeled to other important projects in the country .
Secondly , a very important pillar of any developing Country- Transport . It is worth saying that Kenya is on the verge of improving our transport network ; this simply implies that there are a vast number of loopholes that need to be strengthened as well . With the experience I got living in China ,I can easily deduce the areas we got to work on in relation to the effective Chinese transport system. Firstly , I would recommend the introduction of Public transport buses controlled and governed by the government . For proper execution of this policy , private entities owning transport vehicles have to be done away with .Just like China ,this will help reduce the cost of transport , competition and provide massive employment opportunities to citizens .So how will a telecommunication Engineer get a hand in this ? It is this simple ; with the Public buses , a Transport card is really an essential and convenient way to pay for the transport fee .As a Telecommunication engineer , I would apply the RFC-technology to facilitate the mass and continuous production of transport cards which are effective ,safe and less bulky to carry along with compared to coins .
Still dwelling on the transport network , I would recommend the construction of a stable convenient and working Underground train System .Considering the good relationship the Chinese government has with Kenyan government as well as regarding that China already has a Subway ; we can put our resources together and work to create an exact model of the same in our beloved city of Nairobi . As a telecommunication Engineer , I would majorly help in the installation of security scanning machines and the likes .
The third point is the development of an efficient-working Health System to increase the chances of saving African lives from epidemics like Malaria .The Vision 2030 recognizes role of private sector in improving the delivery of health care in partnership with the public sector. With support of private sector, Kenya intends to become the regional provider of choice for highly-specialized health care, thus opening Kenya to ‘health tourism’. The term health tourism includes spa and gym, naturopathy, yoga, meditation and many other mental and physical exercises and treatments that are beneficial for health and rejuvenation. Kenya has plenty of geothermal mineral water springs (in Rift Valley province and parts of Western province) whose mineral contents have the potential for the development
of health spas to serve as curative centers as well as tourist attractions. The most significant hot water springs are found in the following places: around lakes Bogoria and Baringo. The two lakes are 345 Km from Nairobi and are within National Game Parks; around Lake Turkana which sits at the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan; Olkaria and Eburu near Lake Nakuru which is famous for flamingos; and Simbi on the shores of Lake Victoria. The area is close to Maasai Mara Game Reserve renowned for its wildlife. Beside health tourism, there is medical tourism. Medical tourists are broadly defined as people who seek quality treatment abroad, or in a neighboring state where the cost is significantly lower, leaving them with enough money to tour the host country as part of their recuperation. Kenya is steadily catching up with development of new medical facilities; a local private hospital is already pioneering medical tourism in Kenya and has upgraded infrastructure and equipment, and is now able to perform, at a fraction of the cost, many procedures that previously could only be done in South Africa, the West or India
Still dwelling on Health , the Kenyan pharmaceutical market is booming as a result of a growing population that is increasingly able to pay for better health services and pharmaceutical products. The health sector has experienced remarkable development in recent years with the country spending about 7% of the GDP on health. The rapid growth of the pharmaceutical market in the region has presented the need to increase quantity of production, and also increase the export ratio for quality products. More prospective opportunities lie in the expansion of product portfolio, search for new markets, and support for medical research. The rapid growth of the pharmaceutical market in the region has presented the need to increase quantity of production, and also increase the export ratio for quality products. Kenya is currently the largest producer of pharmaceutical products in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa region, supplying about 50% of the region’s market. Out of the region’s estimated 50 recognized pharmaceutical manufacturers, 30 are based in Kenya. The industry has a strong multinational heritage, with many foreign firms maintaining significant operations.
We can merge efforts with Chinese government to help in the construction of more Private sectors .The private sector’s complements the government in improving access to health care. There are 6,190 health facilities in Kenya, 48% of these facilities are manned by government while 34% by private enterprises. In essence, the country has the largest private health care segment in the region and holds significant potential for financial returns. Opportunities can be found in inpatient and outpatient care, preventative care and diagnostic services. High end clinics that target growing middle and upper-income groups are especially profitable and provide high quality care that attracts patients as well as experienced staff. High volume, low cost hospitals usually located in high density areas targeting low income earners also offer high returns.
Private hospitals can achieve local accreditation as training institutions for nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians; and large multidiscipline universities.
The country recognizes that collaboration and partnership between the public and private sector in health is an important guiding principle in the delivery of health services. Market incentives for private sector investment in health care in Kenya include: range of tax incentives, stable pro-investment government; business friendly reforms; large pool of skilled enterprising workers; strategic location as a financial, communication and transport hub; improved physical infrastructure; well established legal and regulatory framework; low cost of internet connectivity an undersea and terrestrial fiber optic cable infrastructure connecting Kenya to the world wide network, no foreign exchange controls; and capital repatriation, remittance of dividends, and interests are guaranteed to foreign investors.
Moving on Education as a very important pillar for the growth of our Country , I would highly recommend the support for more production of laptops for our kids , a project that has already been launched by our President Uhuru Kenyatta . Free Primary schools class one laptops project in Kenya : The debate about Government’s plans to introduce laptops as a teaching and learning tool in the public primary school system in Kenya is robust; and ensures the policy is not only relevant but is on-point and service delivery is effective and efficient. Critics of the programme have reduced this noble project to “delivery of toys to school children”.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Contrary to this viewpoint, the laptop project is a potentially potent tool for effective teaching and learning. The laptop project should be seen in the context of Government policy to integrate Information Communication and Technology ( ICT) in curriculum delivery in our schools.
ICT integration in education means seamless incorporation of information and communication technologies to support and enhance the attainment of curriculum objectives, enhance the appropriate competencies including skills, knowledge, attitudes and values, and to manage education effectively and efficiently at all levels.
The great question facing modern Governments is: How does our education equip citizens to compete on the global arena? Tech-driven competitiveness requires an educational system that is strongly oriented towards producing citizens who are comfortable and productive in a hi-tech world. This is the major principle underlying the laptop project in schools. The intention is to prepare an entire generation of world-beating scholars, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who will take Kenya beyond Vision 2030. The aim is to transform Kenya in a dramatic, positive and lasting way. It must lay a new platform for progress.
With this areas strengthened with the help of Chinese government and other well wishers as well .This will have a very big impact to the lives of our Youth.Thank you.
I am Kevin Avedi a student in University of Shanghai for Science and technology studying Telecommunications Engineering.I arrived in China from Kenya (my mother Country ) in the September 2016 with this massive passion to be one of the best engineers to ever exist .Moreover I have this burning ambition to be a successful businessman in future.
My passion for business has always been sourced from my desire to transform the society by creating employment opportunities through my businesses , supply of better and quality products to clients and making everyone happy with the services I offer as a whole.
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