KENYAN SCHOOLS COUNTRYWIDE ADOPT NATION’S FIRST
DIGITAL ESSAY COMPETITION
Making Student Voices Heard: How Will Technology Improve My Learning?
16 October 2013, Nairobi: eKitabu announced the full results of Kenya’s first ever Digital Essay Competition which was conducted in cooperation with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Ref: MOE/QAS/N/1/100A).
As part of eKitabu’s mission to advance the use of digital content to achieve transformative educational outcomes, eKitabu invited over 2,000 public and private schools across Kenya to submit essays online at essay.ekitabu.com. The Competition was open in August and September to two categories of students: Upper Primary (Class 5 – Class 8) and all Secondary School pupils. In answer to the question “How Will Technology Improve My Learning” the Competition received 718 essays from 85 schools across 27 counties. Entries came from urban centers as well as remote areas of Kenya including West Pokot, Migori, Turkana and Mandera.
TOTAL ENTRIES: 718
· Primary School Entries: 381
· Secondary School Entries: 337
COUNTIES REPRESENTED: 27
· Primary Schools: 36
· Secondary Schools: 49
ENTRIES BY GENDER:
· Female: Primary School: 200
· Male: Primary School: 160
· Female: Secondary School: 181
· Male: Secondary School: 152
PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS
1. Evelyn Valarie, Kericho Primary
2. Purity Njoroge, Rich Brains Academy
3. Andrew Derrick Nyaga, Kamuthatha Boarding Primary School
SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS
1. Gloria Shani Kabare, The Kenya High School
2. Cherop Maisy Chuma, St. Joseph’s Girls High School
3. Komora Tenny Kanana, Malindi High School
JUDGES’ AWARD: Esther Hope Wahu, Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School
Sponsors were Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Intel, Samsung, Text Book Centre and Elimu. Prizes included scholarship funds for the top three Finalists in each category and a grand prize of Samsung Tablets for the top essays in each category. Competition Judges also gave a special Judges’ Award to a Finalist from Nyeri, who, along with her essay, submitted a hand drawn picture showing her analog life today and her digital future as she conceives it. A copy of Esther’s picture that she included with her essay is available at: http://essay.ekitabu.com.