On October 23rd the Kenyan Minister for Education, Hon. Mutula Kilonzo, EGH, EBS, MP, visited our computer program at the Thika Primary School for the Blind. A specially prepared program was presented to the Minister and guests to show how blind learners use computers. Everyone watching was quite impressed with the inABLE computer lab program and the students who demonstrated their computer skills.
inABLE was well represented by Senior Manager Tim Kajume, who came to the school specifically for this event. There was applause for the inABLE Kenya team to recognize the high-level of technology knowledge shared with students in the computer lab program. A live video-conference with Atlanta-based Founder and Executive Director Irene Kirika was especially appreciated.
The event program included a display of special projects:
1. Student designed school website2. Application of technology in class room3. Mwangaza projects research tools4. Cisco Networking Academy IT Essentials
Before departing, the Minister announced interest in working together with inABLE to roll out computer-labs-for-the-blind at the eight schools for the blind in Kenya.Congratulations and appreciation goes out to the students, inABLE team, and everyone involved at the Thika Primary School for the Blind for your efforts to make this important event a success. We encourage you to view our photo gallery of the Kenyan Minister for Education's visit.
inABLE held a successful Charity Golf Tournament at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club (Kenya) on June 29th to raise funds to support our Computer Labs for the Blind program at Thika Primary School for the Blind and Thika High School for the Blind. Our goal is to expand the Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind program at eight more schools for the blind in Kenya then across Africa to empower blind and visually impaired children through assistive technology and computer learning tools.
inABLE, together with the Thika Primary School for the Blind and Thika High School for the Blind, would like to thank:
and All Of Our Supporters who helped make this year’s invitational Charity Golf Tournament a success.
Their participation in our Teeing Up for Computer-labs-for-the-Blind annual fundraising event ensured that more blind or visually challenged students we will learn computer technology skills to access a wide-range of online learning resources, which is much easier and more affordable than using bulky braille books.
We are on a serious mission to enhance the learning opportunities for African children - whether blind or partially impaired - through assistive computer technology. We believe disability is not inability.
We pleased to announce that inABLE has opened our second computer lab in at Thika High School for the Blind. This high-tech resource offers advanced computer program courses to the students who graduated from Thika Primary Computer Lab for the Blind.
This program expansion became a reality when the Dubai Women's College decided to do something great to help the visually impaired students in Kenya. They took it upon themselves to ship 15 brand new flat panel computers together with one printer.
With the vast educational resources generously provided by Cisco Network Academy, the new computers are networked to provide limitless educational possibilities via the internet.The high school computer lab with closely follow the Cisco Network Academy program so that students who complete the Cisco program have the relevant IT Industry skills to improve their employment options.
At the grand opening celebration, the Board of Governors Chairman for Thika High School enthusiastically thanked the computer lab sponsors in attendance, including the Rotary Club of Thika, Cisco Management Team, Dubai Women's College and inABLE.
Thika Primary School for the Blind teacher Christine Kayathi demonstrated how a blind person uses Cisco IT Essentials, which involves “hands-on” activities. Everyone in attendance was amazed to see Christine assemble a PC without any sight assistance. Some even just shed tears of joy at the accomplishment.
Cisco Manager Hital expressed her joy and happiness by saying “Christine is our heroine.” Hital went on to explain that this is the first Cisco Network Academy for the blind in Africa and that Cisco will give it all the support it requires. She also invited to take Christine to attend an IT Essentials instructor’s course.
The final remarks were made by the school Principal Mr. Jotham Makokha who said “We are happy to have this kind of computer training in our school and more so to have the first Blind IT Technician in Africa - Christine Kayathi".