Partnerships

The public or private sectors can participate in the SCI by providing any of the following requirements for ICT access in schools:

  1. Affordable last mile connectivity services to schools. Partners in this category include commercial fiber and mobile network operators. See approximate last mile cost

  2. Setup of backbone schools networks and WiFi hotspots

  3. Setup networked computer labs and provide the computers and tablets for use by students and teachers for teaching and learning. See cost of building computer Lab and LAN.

  4. Cloud-based school management software or ERP services for use in school administration. This would enhance the efficiency of schools

  5. Cloud-based e-learning systems and content to transform teaching and learning in schools.

  6. Capacity building services for teachers in the areas of teaching with technology and e-learning content development.

In March 2015, KENET signed a partnership agreement with the Wananchi Group Kenya (WGK)

Limited and the Nairobi County Government to setup and operate a Nairobi schools network that would provide Internet access to 240 pilot schools in the first year between July 2015 and June 2016. This was a WGK CSR for one year with the understanding that the connected schools would sustain the connectivity after the first year. As of December 2015, the project had connected over 140 schools to the KENET network with access to 600Mb/s International Internet link for the schools.

A part from the schools connected by WGL, KENET has also connected five secondary schools in various parts of the country. Several universities have also pledged to provide last mile internet connectivity to schools in their neighbourhoods as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).