Kenyan and Nigerian schools are set to benefit as Intel has launched online learning tools in both countries. Intel launched Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace that provides access to a repository of free and low-cost digital textbooks and interactive learning materials for students from Grade 0 to adults completing their MBAs. Additionally, it has been designed for learners of all ages and provides interactive learning material such as books, examination papers, instruction videos and podcasts.
According to Remmy Murule of iTWeb Africa, the offering came to Kenya as a result of a partnership between Intel and Rancard mobile company, which provides a cloud-based software platform for mobile content, discovery, delivery and monetization. The expansion to Kenya comes shortly after Intel unveiled the offering in South Africa.
"The aim of the Intel Explore and Learn solution is to provide a resource hub where learners can find relevant content to enrich their studies while at the same time provide publishers with access to a platform that will enable them to easily share their learning content," said Intel's Middle East and Africa business director, Cigdem Ertem during the launch.
The move was lauded by Kenya's cabinet secretary for the education ministry, Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, noting that it placed the country on the right foot towards attaining Vision 2030, a national long-term development blueprint is aimed at transforming Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country.
"Indeed towards the realization of Vision 2030, the education system will be guided by placing emphasis on new developments and subsequent innovations in science and technology," said Kaimenyi.
According to Henry Ifeanyi of iTWeb Africa, in Nigeria, Intel's education solution was launched in Lagos and is set to cater to students from elementary to more advanced learning stages. Bunmi Ekundare, country manager, Intel West Africa, speaking at the launch ceremony said that the solution was designed to benefit all stakeholders in the education community, including teachers and parents.
"For us at Intel, we are not just focused on emerging technologies but also on the best way to deploy these technologies to ensure that it is relevant to all stakeholders involved," he said.
For this initiative, the technology giant has collaborated with Rancard, an African-based organization that provides cloud-based software for mobile content discovery and delivery. Additionally, Ekundare stated Intel's commitment to seek partnerships and collaborations with government, educational institutions and content creators to solidify its steps in digital education and access.
Meanwhile, Ehizogie Binitie, co-founder and chief technology officer of Rancard, speaking about the collaboration with Intel said that they recognize education as a major challenge across the continent.
"We recognize education as a major challenge across the continent and believe the platform we have deployed together with Intel for the African market is an important step in solving this challenge, equipping both educators and content creators with the tools they need to create and distribute high quality educational content," he said.
Students and educators can gain access to the Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace solution on Intel powered Android or Windows devices.