For people not to see a country in a linear stereotypical way – in Kenya’s case as another typical ethnically divided land and corrupt African state – its citizens need to crawl out from under the rock and force a different narrative about it.
The Education ministry said that only 2,037 primary schools are connected to the main grid. Another 8,147 schools are near the electricity grid while 10,184 will have to rely on solar power because they are far from the grid.
“There have been about 200 of these experiments around the world, and maybe only 4 or 5 have been successful.” This was how Michael Joseph, Vodacom’s Director of Mobile Commerce described mobile money to the Financial Times in 2012.
When Michael Joseph talks about mobile money, you should listen. Until 2012, he ran Safaricom, the Kenyan company that launched M-Pesa (“pesa’ means money in Swahili). The quote is a reminder that mobile money remains a hit or miss initiative, and most adopters have struggled to show the type of traction seen in Kenya.
This article by Akin Oyebode originally appeared on TechCabal, a VC4Africa publishing partner.
The availability of fast, affordable Internet connectivity, rising awareness of options for tech businesses and an ambiguous regulatory framework has allowed Kenya's online content business to blossom.
In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further.
The significance of the changes mobile technology has made to the continent cannot be over-stated - or perhaps even understood by people outside the continent.
African countries are leading the way in so many innovative uses of the technology - necessity is perhaps the driving force moving things forward in directions more 'developed' countries can't even see.
Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile.
Nairobi — THE country will host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.
This follows a meeting of the CAF Executive committee under the leadership of President, Issa Hayatou, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt last Friday.
“The CAF Executive Committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following receipt of necessary government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” the football governing body stated in a document made available to this agency on Monday.
The CHAN tournament, which features footballers plying their trade in the domestic leagues, would arguably be the biggest sporting event the country would have hosted.
Over the past couple of months, there has been a national debate on whether or not to devolve education. Predictably, Governors have been leading the campaign for devolution of education, arguing it will result in better educational outcomes than the current centralised system.
The National government on the other hand has flatly rejected this proposal, arguing that education is a first of all a national function according to the Constitution.
Secondly, counties lack the capacity to be involved in education management. Amidst this debate, it is possible to lose sight of the bigger issue; the Kenyan education system is simply not living up to its goals.
With the management of education this is, and only ever should be, ONE question: what best benefits the students?
Turning education into a political football for point-scoring against your opposition will only ever do more harm than good - just look at the harm done the British state education system since Thatcher (enthusiastically followed by Blair) made it a political football.
The Kenyan government through the ICT Authority and the Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET) has officially launched the KENET Network, a US$22.5 million basic internet bandwidth service that connects member institutions at competitive and sustainable prices.
KENET aims to increase the uptake of bandwidth among students and academia in institutions of higher learning through interconnecting all universities, tertiary and research Institutions in Kenya by setting up cost effective high speed access to the internet.
“KENET will promote the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research in higher education centres that will lead to students and the faculty keeping up with current trends in their specific area,” said Meoli Kashorda, executive director of KENET.
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