Education is a vital component of human life. Unfortunately, despite the advent of free education in our country, there are still many people who are unable to access it. A 2006 study by the Kenya National Adult Literacy Survey (KNALS) showed that almost 30% of our youth in the age cohort of 15 to 19 years are illiterate
It is on the wake of these findings that one philanthropic Kenyan, Jane Ngima in collaboration with Princecam media started Elimu TV. Elimu TV is a 24/7 Free to Air Digital TV broadcasting secondary education that gives you a second chance to get a KCSE certificate and move on to the profession you have always desired. (Elimu TV is hosted on the SIGNET platform).
Launched on 5th of June 2014, Elimu TV aims to provide alternative delivery channels to complement mainstream efforts already in place. They have a team of trained teachers drawn from local National secondary schools. As we speak, they have developed TV content for 11 most common subjects. Special programs such as Agri-Business, Entrepreneurship, Clubs, Counseling, Sports among others will also be aired.
Apart from TV, a mobile-based program is available for those who would like to receive educational information on their phones in form of SMS statements (SMS:21126).
Who Is Elimu TV For?
Elimu TV targets youths without secondary education categorized into different groups as below:
- House Girls
- Casual Laborers
- Young mothers still at home
- Children from poor backgrounds who have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees
Kuza Biashara’s Joan Mbugua took time off her busy schedule to attend the launch ceremony and she had the following sentiments to share “Elimu TV is a timely idea; leveraging technology to bring education right to our living rooms is a brilliant way to go. Kuza Biashara looks forward to a future where each and every Kenyan will have unlimited access to modern education regardless of their background.”
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