"Since the Kenyan government introduced free primary school education two years ago, the resulting influx of kids has meant that resources are spread as thinly as ever.
"Classrooms are crowded, and the all-too-familiar scenario of children sharing outdated textbooks is still very much in evidence.
"However, in Class Five, things are just a little bit different. Fifty-four 11-year-old students are willing guinea pigs in an extraordinary experiment aimed at using technology to deliver education across the continent.
"In the Eduvision pilot project, textbooks are out, customised Pocket PCs, referred to as e-slates, are very much in.
"They are wi-fi enabled and run on licence-free open source software to keep costs down."
Monday, August 01, 2005
Hi Tech classroom
The future of learning has arrived, albeit still experimental: