HOW SOLAR LAPTOPS ARE ALREADY WORKING IN KENYAN SCHOOL


Tafaria Foundation has so far attracted a good number of partners that include the Kenya Institute of Education, the Ministry of Education, media partners as well as the Innovation Society of Kenya.

The computers are placed in a movable solar-powered metallic rack that consists of ten Android-powered tablets along with keyboards. Ten pupils can use the computers at a go. The rack is transferred from one classroom to another with ease.

Mr Waititu says the main focus of Tafaria Foundation is to work with the government since the initiative is aligned with the country’s millennium development goals.

Tafaria Foundation was started last year in September with the goal of transforming and bridging the gap in the use of technology in rural areas.
But this is not the first time Mr Waititu is trying his hand on digital learning. He tried it in 1997 and 1998 and failed.

“I had not done my logistics well, but that was then. I have now learnt to practice what I reckon is practical in life,’’ he says.

He admits that dreaming is mandatory and advises that sometimes, it is necessary to break down a dream into manageable bites. At the age of 39, Mr Waititu says he has achieved nothing yet.

“I am realistic. If you want to thrive, you don’t leave the community unattended,’’ he said.

His parting shot gives the feeling of a man who believes that good is not good enough.

“Simplicity will conquer the world and the fear of failure will make us lose the world,’’ he quips.

Mr Waititu is optimistic that the project will roll out across the country in a few years and change the lives of many poor children.

A similar initiative has been rolled out by Safaricom and Samsung in different parts of the country.

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