@iLabAfrica’s Digital Learning Unit conducted the second Computer Science Workshop for teachers from the 23rd -27th of April 2019. The workshop dubbed CS4Teachers was held at at Strathmore University and forms part of a series of activities under the Google CS4Edu Grant which @iLabAfrica was awarded in April of 2018. The program seeks to support continuous Professional Development of teachers in the area of Computer Science education and is also geared towards improving teaching and learning of computer science in secondary schools by encouraging the uptake of the subject at tertiary level.
Participants of this workshop were majorly drawn from schools within Nairobi and surrounding counties, i.e. Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu. However, the workshop attracted teachers from as far as Siaya and Marsabit counties. A total of 52 teachers participated in the 5-day activity. The workshop was through scholarships awarded to educators based on competence and ability of passing on the skills acquired to their students, the end beneficiary. The scholarships covered training and training material, access to a computer and Internet connectivity during training, tea and lunch as well as transport from Nairobi CBD to Strathmore University and vice versa.
“The workshop was superb. Benefited a lot and now extending the same to our students.”
“The workshop was superb and I learnt a lot. I am now extending that experience to our students. Thanks to all who facilitated it.”
“This was a very educative workshop. I look forward to such workshops in future.”
“The training was very enriching and we request to continue with the same come August so that we perfect on our web design skills.”
On the final day of the workshop the participants made presentations of their classroom projects. This provided an opportunity for them to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned during the workshop. The teachers were also introduced to the Community of Practice (CoP) which was set up to allow them to continue to exchange ideas and best practices with other participants. Weekly coding challenges are posted to the CoP to encourage teachers to continue the development of their web programming skills.
@iLabAfrica in partnership with key industry players offered this 4-day course which offered an approach to sustainable revenue mobilization and enforcement in local governments and looks at means of improving core revenue processes, systems, data quality, skills and organizational structures.
The course was graced with the presence of senior and middle managers in the revenue/finance departments of County Governments, including Directors, Chief Officers, Sub-county Administrators, Revenue Officers, and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs), in charge of the budgeting process. It was well represented with county officials from all over the country.
On the first day, through Dr. Walter Ongeti and Mr. Stephen Khadondi, the participants were challenged on disruptive strategic thinking and creative destruction – to shift the paradigm towards performance management in revenue collection through change management. They were also enlightened on the revenue mobilization constitutional mandate and PFM Architecture Analysis.
On the second day, the participants were able to gain and understand a lot on domestic resource mobilization policy, legal framework and administration as well as revenue enforcement strategies through a panel discussion that consisted representatives from CRA, COB, ICPAK, KRA, IFMIS and KIPPRA among others.
Douglas Gicho, the ICT Director of Kiambu, during his afternoon session touched on holistic e-Governance and public-private partnerships on revenue collection and mobilization.
CRA Director, Sheila Yieke shed light on CRA Recommended County Revenue Laws, their implementation and revenue target setting on the third day. Stephen Masha reviewed the mandate of the COB in County Revenue Collection and Resource Mobilization.
On the final day Professor David Sperling, one of the founders of Strathmore University addressed the County Officials on economic growth, sustainable growth and equity. They were very amazed at how knowledgeable he is about kenya and development.
Banking institutions also had their representatives in the area. They focused on maximum utilization of banking capabilities in revenue collection enhancement and introduction of cashless systems.
In the end each County had a representative who shared how they’ve benefited from the course and how they would use the recently acquired knowledge within their own counties.
We acknowledge the CountyPro team that made the 4-day course a great success.
In a decentralized system of governance, with two levels of government collecting revenue, levies and taxes from citizens, there is bound to be confusion, duplication and uncertainty. As a result, the county collections have been very low and counties are relying heavily on the revenue from the equitable share from the national government to finance their budgets.
To address the above issues, @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University, in partnership with Inspire, organized a Revenue Enhancement Training. The aim of the course was to gain insights on revamping their respective county’s revenue collection strategies. It was also meant to educate county executives on strategies to reduce county dependence on the equitable share from the national government; and methods to maximize on revenues within the general fund.
@iLabAfrica hosted County Revenue Directors for 4 days of intensive training (1st -4th November 2016). The participants came from various counties that include Turkana County, Kwale County, Kisii County, Laikipia County, Tharaka Nithi County. This course was aimed at training senior and middle managers in the revenue or the finance departments of County Governments, including Directors, Chief Officers, Sub-county Administrators, Revenue Officers, Members of the County Assembly (MCAs), in charge of the budgeting process, and professionals willing to learn advanced techniques on revenue enhancements within the devolved governance structure.
The next training is scheduled for: 21st to 24th February 2017.
On 12th July, 2016, @iBizAfrica will carry out a one day workshop on 3D printing that has become an often discussed technology with far-reaching potential in a range of industries. However, 3D printing is not one technology but actually an entire family of manufacturing methods. These manufacturing methods are unique in that they allow for quickly transferring ideas from the computer into tangible products. This ability is what makes 3D printing have great potential for small businesses.
Small business can use 3D printing to quickly create professional prototypes of new products. Join the workshop to learn about how this technology works and how it can be useful for your business. This will include a brief introduction into the 3D printing process, and an opportunity to start working with Mr. Benjamin Savonen to create 3D models and prototypes for your own business.
Ben Savonen is a PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological
University. He currently uses 3D printing in his research on new product design in
developing world contexts.
Venue: @iBizAfrica, Strathmore Universtiy Student Center 5th Floor.
Time: 6pm -7pm
Fees: ksh. 500 only.
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