A major change that Africa has witnessed in the bygone years is the advancement made in the ICT or Information and Communication Technology. Thanks to the dotcom bubble and internet revolution in the rest of the world, Africa has witnessed major investment in the lay down of broadband internet cables and 3G technology. This has paved way for the popularity of wireless computing technologies namely Smartphone’s and tablets. All this has created a very conducive environment for leveraging the quality of education in the continent, especially at the college and university level.
Nairobi, October 2013Catholic University of Eastern Africa is one of the most renowned higher educational institutions in Kenya. It has been providing quality education to its students in a variety of different courses and fields. CUEA gives a contract to mElimu for tablets and platforms for its distance e-learning programmes. The aim of setting up this programme is to make higher education available to those who are unable to take up a regular course.
As time has passed, internet has become a very vital component of our very existence. With traditional services, occupations, education and opportunities taking a virtual shape, imagining life without the World Wide Web is unthinkable. Internet has a long standing history and it was not the same as we know of it today. The first reference to internet can be traced back to 1966 when a meaningless data was exchanged between two computers at the University of California. After initial success, internet was nothing but a novelty enjoyed by members of esteemed universities and government agencies.
The beautiful continent of Africa, well known for its natural beauty and wildlife reserve has come a long way in last one decade. African countries like South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have been able to maintain steady economic growth. It is estimated that these nations have witnessed an annual growth by 5.5% in the last one decade. Besides domestic forces like better health condition, economic reforms and political liberalization, the improvement made in the educational system has largely contributed towards this accelerated growth. Any discussion on the impact of education in African society can go amiss without a reference to Kenya.