KENET-Wananchi Schools

On March 4, 2014, at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi, the Nairobi County Government launched the Nairobi Schools Fiber Connectivity Pilot project that aims to connect 245 schools in West of Nairobi area to the Internet.

The project is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of the Wananchi Group that aims to connect Nairobi schools to the Kenya Education Network (KENET) backbone network using their existing expansive home fiber network in Nairobi, starting with about 200 schools in the pilot phase. KENET will in turn provide the local and international Internet and content distribution services to the schools in the same way it does for the higher education institutions in Kenya (seehttp://www.kenet.or.ke). The main contribution of the Wananchi Group CSR is to provide last mile connectivity from the schools to the KENET node at the University of Nairobi.

The pilot project is expected to run for a period of 15 months to allow the partners to develop a sustainability framework and to assess the e-readiness of the schools. As of June 2015, 135 schools in Nairobi had been connected.