Mount Kenya University’s Institute of Capacity Building hosted 24 members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education to a three-day tour of Kigali, Rwanda.
The trip was meant to orient the parliamentarians with the country’s hugely successful One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project that can be replicated in Kenya.
Kenya plans to issue laptops to all children joining Standard One beginning January 2014. “The purpose of our visit is to benchmark the implementation of the One Laptop, One Child project on the best in the region,” said the head of the parliamentary delegation, Sabina Chege. “This is very insightful.”
The MPs who were accompanied by MKU Chairman Simon Gicharu, CBS, Pro Chancellor Prof. Chacha N. Chacha, the Director of Institute of Capacity Building Dr Jane Njuru, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Campuses, Colleges and Centres Prof. Evans Kerosi and MKU Kigali Campus Director Prof. Musa Nyakora, amongst other senior MKU officials visited two primary schools in the outskirts of Kigali. Since 2010, Rwanda has deployed 210,000 laptops to pupils in 410 schools nationally.
The delegation also paid a courtesy call on the Rwanda Minister of Education Hon. Dr Vincent Biruta, and later attended a session at the Rwanda National Assembly.
“Being an international university, there are a lot of lessons we can share. We seek to become a resource in terms of building capacity that will aid the growth of education in Kenya and Rwanda,” said Mr Gicharu.
The MPs also visited MKU Kigali Campus science centre in Kicukiro and commended the university management for provided unparalleled courses in science and technology. “This massive investment can only be rewarded through goodwill and willingness to acquire degrees. I commend Mr Gicharu and the entire MKU management for playing a huge role in boosting not only Rwanda’s but East Africa’s human resource base,” said Ms Chege, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee.
The MPs planted several commemorative trees at the site where MKU Kigali Campus intends to expand its modern facilities. They also toured the former Presidential palace in Kanombe, now a museum managed by the Government of Rwanda.
MKU Kigali Campus has grown in leaps and bounds since inception in 2010. It is one of the most preferred institutions of higher learning in Rwanda, thanks to the universality of its academic programmes.