UHURU/ RUTO’s solar laptop project can work for Kenya - PS BITANGE NDEMONews 06:04
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.
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