Ituru High School is in the heart of the Kenyatta family town of Gatundu.
The Teachers and support staff work hard to successfully provide a rich and wide-ranging learning experience for all students, so it was with regret that IT had to be taken off the curriculum. The school lacked the necessary Computers & Computer peripherals to offer a full and enriching technology experience. Knowing how integral technology is to modern life and the information that can be accessed to support learning goals, Mr. Peter Kariuki, the new school Headmaster) was determined to get IT back on the curriculum. His first hurdle, the budget to install 50 computers all with access to a learning network beyond the walls of the school. In stepped TTAT.
“Did you know there are more smartphones on the planet than tooth brushes but the schools in Kenya have very few computers.”
Miracles do happen in Kenya. Thanks to miracle man Mr. Peter Kariuki
Once again Abdul, Harpal and Liz happily rose to the challenge of implementing a 50-desk Raspberry Pi based e-Learning Centre. The school worked to lay the necessary infrastructure so when our team arrived we were ready to install the learning centre. With the help of teachers and our trusted local supplier CELCOM Africa we implemented a basic 50-desk ICT Infrastructure but were hampered by our Raspberry Pis being held up in Kenyan Customs. Mr. Peter Kariuki camping at the offices of the Kenyan Customs forced the release of our Pis – miracles do happen in Kenya.
Our detailed plan showed a one-week implementation, with the centre being ready on 20th June 2019. Instead the Raspberry Pis arrived on the morning of 20th June. With the help of teachers and students, expertly led by Mr. Peter Kiarie, the new Internet-In-A-Box (IIAB) System was up and running within 2 hours. Just as the system fired into action local dignitaries including Madam Victoria Mulili – County Director of Education for Kiambu county – started to arrive for the opening ceremony. 4 Servers and 50 desktops were installed in record time, leaving the community ready to celebrate the opening and ready to benefit from the access to a wealth of materials curated from across the globe, all listed below
There are numerous books, medical resources and maths & technical simulations within the system. University of Colorado’s PHET system of simulations (https://phet.colorado.edu/) are world class and available to all students and teachers. Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) alone has over 59,000 books including a number which are on the school’s curriculum list. The wider community benefits from materials like Learn Saylor as the school can now hold Adult classes at off-peak times. The school can also add their own books and material to the system for all to access.
“We thank TTAT for helping school children of Kenya by building this tremendous ICT learning resource and showcasing the best public/ private partnership has to offer.” Madam Mulili, County Director of Education Kiambu County
“This system will enable teachers to start to maximise teaching and learning at Ituru High School. TTAT has done a great job in making the most of technology in our school. Teachers already know that the equipment is going to work and they can now start to compete with the rest of the world” Mr. Peter Kariuki Headmaster Ituru High School.
The ripples of this learning centre can be felt immediately throughout the community and will help kickstart a generation of tech based learning within Kenyan youth – providing them with an education that has served all TTAT Alum so well.