UHURU/ RUTO’s solar laptop project can work for Kenya - PS BITANGE NDEMO


Wednesday, the 24th of April 2013 - Information Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo on Wednesday asked Kenyans to stop being pessimistic about the viability of the Government’s ‘free solar laptop’ project.

“Let’s be curious and look at things from the positive side,” said the PS.

Ndemo made the comments during the launch of the new Catholic University of East Africa campus at I&M building in Nairobi. The PS at the same time asked Kenyans to think about how the free laptop project can work for them.

Ndemo urged Kenyans to come up with content for the laptops instead of letting foreigners beat them to the punch;

“Nine out of 10 foreigners who have come to my office have said they have content. But no Kenyan has come forth to say they are ready to provide content in local languages,” he said.

“We don’t want to buy content from India or from the United Kingdom then go on to complain of unemployment. This is an opportunity to Kenyans,” he added.

The PS also challenged the country’s scholars to apply what they learn in the classroom to change their country;

“Going to school is to enable you to be curious. Even if you are not a scientist, you can ask some questions. The challenge is what is contribution? What role are you playing in this world to change it?”

“Today, we have so many problems in our country. We need to relate what happens in class to what is happening on the ground.”

The free laptop project has received a lot of criticism from experts and lay men alike who argue that the money for the project could be better used to provide Kenyans with essential needs like improving healthcare and the country’s infrastructure.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

13 comments for UHURU/ RUTO’s solar laptop project can work for Kenya - PS BITANGE NDEMO

  1. NDEMO YOU KNOW CORD ANALOGUE ARE STILL LAGGING BEHIND THEY ARE STEEL ASLEEP THAT IS HOW THE DEVIL REASONS ALWAYS THINKING NEGATIVE AND THAT IS WHY GOD REJECTED THEM NOW THAT THERE GOD RAOLONZO IS NOWWHERE THEY ARE HURTING USIAMUSHE ANAYELALA UTALALA WEWE FORGET ABOUT THEM

  2. Nice one bwana PS. Hope you keep this up in the next 5 Yrs.Kenya requires visionaries like you.

  3. Bitange you said it. People are not looking at the opportunity that comes out of this initiative by President Kenyatta Jnr.

  4. The free laptop is educational.no facebook,no tweeter and the rest. Content, all the heavy load of books the primary kids carry daily to and from school.Well done.

  5. How many has he prosecuted except one house gal who insulted Mutula Kilonzo?

  6. we are not pessmist but concerned,how can you buy calss 1 kids laptops..what about class 2,3,4-8.And how can you buy laptops hence the kids in some school sit on floors or under trees.Stop climbing the tree from the top!Address the basic issues first and dnt do things to please your employers.

  7. I am surprised by some comments who are trying to discourage this noble idea of computers to primary school kids citing the cost. In any case the figures that have been quoted are far too high. In India pupils were given Aakash laptop which is a low-cost tablet computer with a 7-inch touch screen and costs $35 dollars.

  8. laptops are here to stay with jubilee govt. Those opposed comes from well up families since their kids can afford digital mobiles which are even more expensive than a solar laptop. Please uhuruto go for the solar laptop which are meant for poor kids in govt schools who only get to see mobile phone from rich kids. only one class room should be modified and secured so that the laptops can be kept there secure from people who are already planning to steal.

  9. Anonymous 06:43
    I believe this vision can be achieved with little money than what is quoted. I agree with you, the many colleges and universities asking to assemble them locally may bring the cost way above buying a hp laptop. I work in jkuat and I know assembling this laptops here may cost way above 20k. Let borrow the know how from the countries which have made it.

  10. Lets not be political,if you give laptops to class 1 so let the rest of the pupils be computer e literate? A general idea is to have computer labs for all the schools which is easy to manage,account for and even secure.2nd we have a shortage of teachers in public schools,employ teachers first,built schools where pupils read under trees the buy computers

  11. Muindi

    when Michuki decided to clear the Matatu mess they shouted out loud that he was fighting a loosing game. he won it. won it cool.
    when Kibaki said he would guarantee free primary education, they said he was unrealistic. he did it. Clinton, the US President, noted and supported the project. help came from all directions. another cool win. innovation is the result of trying out for soooo long until you know something inside out. we are living in the ICT Age. keeping a laptop around from infancy to college will for real produce real world changers. it may look unrealistic to many, including semi-literate teachers, but it is a chalenge to the teachers too to up their ambitions of being digital-tokeni kwa analogue thinking.

  12. Anon 6:33
    What's your comment got to do w/laptops? Pengine changaa imezidi ukasahau hii sio story ya Mzalendo

  13. Its challenge N/E stude learn under shade of a tree,the teacher is a std 8 leaver, where will they get comp teacher and after how many decades.

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