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One of the oldest primary schools in Nairobi is breaking from tradition by investing in a green project that will see smart boards and projectors put in place to enhance learning. The Sh40 million green project at Nairobi Primary School that has totally embraced elearning is set to kick off in September in at least eight classrooms.
Parents have already raised Sh10 million towards the construction costs which require an additional Sh30 million to facilitate completion. School authorities at the formerly â€œEuropeans onlyâ€ school which was started in 1902 for white settler families say they want to make the institution the best in East and Central Africa by adopting environmental friendly programmes like water harvesting.
â€œLearning systems will encompass actual classrooms with smart boards and projects in a situation whereby the traditional way of writing and clearing a blackboard with a duster will be a thing of the past,â€ says schoolâ€™s head teacher, Joseph K Karugaâ€œ. â€œThe programme will start with students from five years of age. Seeing that this is a different system of learning, the teachers will be required to rebrand themselves by learning new skills in order to engage the students appropriately, he added.
Mobile services He talked as educators across the country are discovering that technology offers an exciting way to engage their students with the natural world. Mobile phone devices, digital cameras and other tools can help young people connect to the environment by equipping them to observe, collect and share data about local wildlife and habitats.
As 21st century citizen scientists, students can contribute to conservation efforts, engage in environmental stewardship and understand the broader context of their work as part of a global community. Karuga says parents and the entire school fraternity are not keen to be seen as the first public school to have gone digital in Kenya but rather to see the institution in comparison with new global standards.
The classes which will cater for the ever increasing enrolment of students will also include ICT and talent centres as a component of the project founded on firm grounds two schools in United Kingdom. It was conceived after several exchange programmes took place when Nairobi Primary pupils made trips to Hareclive and Python Hill Primary Schools in Bristol and Cornwell cities where learning took place in open classrooms.
The visionary initiative is a brainchild of the parents and other stakeholders in the school with 2,000 pupils and which was nominated last year as the Best Child Friendly School in the country.â€œWe hope through the programme to enhance performance and eventually form an association where many more can come on board and to benchmark with young people in line with Vision 2023,â€ says Karuga, noting: â€œNairobi Primary School, which has been in existence for over a century, has produced great individuals and leaders who have made great impact in various sections of the Kenyan society.
The school has a special place in the history of Kenya, being the first school to be established in Nairobi,â€ Karuga said. Over the years, NPS has exhibited great academic excellence over the many years of its existence. â€œIts close interaction with various stakeholders also reveals a holistic approach in education which also includes character building,â€ says Karuga. The school has a special place in the history of Kenya, being the first school to be established in Nairobi.
It has been in existence for over a century. The school has produced great individuals and leaders who have made great impact in various sections of the Kenyan society. Over the years, NPS has exhibited great academic excellence over the many years of its existence. Its close interaction with various stakeholders also reveals a holistic approach in education which also includes character building.
The school has enhanced visual learning through the collaboration of Global Education Partnership with a number of schools worldwide. To cater for the ever increasing enrolment of students the school has undertaken an expansion programme for the construction of modern classrooms which will include ICT and talent centres.