Digital essay competition targets students
- Written by Silvia Mwendia for Kenyakidz
Students stand a chance to win scholarship funds through a digital essay competition that measures the impact of ICT in education. This as the country moves to encourage adoption of technology in learning at a time when penetration is not fully being felt among certain counties.
‘The Digital Essay Competition’ was started in April 2013 “with the aim of connecting personally with schools and students in Kenya and helping them embrace eLearning through ebooks”. This is according to eKitabu’s Marketing Manager, Linda Simiyu. E Kitabu is an online ebook store that is organizing the competition.
‘Technology in My Education: Dream or Reality?’ This is the question participants of this year’s Digital Essay Competition shall be answering. The contest is open to upper primary, class 5-8, and secondary school students.
Interested candidates are required to submit a 500-800 word essay on the topic ‘Technology in My Education: Dream or Reality’. The submission is to be done online by the July 23rd, 2014.
This year’s theme was inspired by the low reception of essays from some counties in 2013. “We received essays from 27 counties last year, which means that there are students who have not felt the impact of ICT in education. We were concerned about their position, views and thoughts especially with the government laptop program having meant to roll out this year,” said Simiyu.
The competition is divided into two categories, Upper Primary & Secondary School, and shall be judged separately. Students can only submit one essay each and there is no participation fee.
According to eKitabu, this competition “gives students in Kenya the chance to contribute to the integration of ICT in learning, to help them develop critical thinking and innovative minds.”
Winners of the competition will be annunced at an award ceremony on 24th September, 2014. The first prize winner will receive a full year’s school of up to Sh 40,000 and a Sh 10,000 stipend on uniforms and books.
To learn more about the essay competition, visit the website essay.ekitabu.com or contact eKitabu on 0708 727037
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