Mwalimu National sacco has partnered with Intel to provide teachers with low interest loans to enable teachers acquire modern computers under an initiative dubbed ‘Mwalimu Digital’.
Under the initiative, Mwalimu Sacco members will enjoy discounted prices on a number of Lenovo laptops starting from Kshs.27,995 and the 2in1 Tecno Winpad 10 at Kshs.26,995. Monthly repayments for loans used to acquire the computers will start from as low as Kshs.1019. The laptops will come loaded with free Microsoft Office 365 for 1 year, extended warranties and digital teacher content from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The Lenovo laptops deal will be available exclusively at Nakumatt Supermarkets countrywide while the Tecno Winpad 10 will be available at Safaricom shops countrywide. However, to access the offer, Mwalimu Sacco members will be required to get in touch with the Sacco offices countrywide.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Mwalimu Sacco CEO, Robert Shibutse had this to say, “The programme we are launching today will enable Mwalimu National complement the Government’s efforts on Digital Literacy Project by reducing affordability barriers for teachers in Kenya to acquire their own devices and become digital professionals.”
Also speaking during the launch event, Intel Corporation’s General Manager for East Africa, Danie Steyn said, “As part of our strategy in Africa, Intel is committed to supporting programs that accelerate technology adoption by enabling more people to access affordable and relevant technologies. We have initiated this program with Mwalimu National Sacco with the objective of getting more teachers connected and empowered with digital skills. While the world is transforming to a digital village, the classrooms in Africa are yet to catch up. We believe Mwalimu digital program is going to empower teachers to prepare students for the 21st century workplace where ICT is now becoming mainstream”.