DEC 2013

KENYAN SCHOOLS COUNTRYWIDE ADOPT NATION’S FIRST
DIGITAL ESSAY COMPETITION

 Making Student Voices Heard:  How Will Technology Improve My Learning?

16 October 2013, Nairobi: eKitabu announced the full results of Kenya’s first ever Digital Essay Competition which was conducted in cooperation with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Ref: MOE/QAS/N/1/100A).

As part of eKitabu’s mission to advance the use of digital content to achieve transformative educational outcomes, eKitabu invited over 2,000 public and private schools across Kenya to submit essays online at essay.ekitabu.com.  The Competition was open in August and September to two categories of students:  Upper Primary (Class 5 – Class 8) and all Secondary School pupils.  In answer to the question “How Will Technology Improve My Learning” the Competition received 718 essays from 85 schools across 27 counties.  Entries came from urban centers as well as remote areas of Kenya including West Pokot, Migori, Turkana and Mandera.

TOTAL ENTRIES: 718

·       Primary School Entries: 381

·       Secondary School Entries: 337

 COUNTIES REPRESENTED: 27

SCHOOLS: 85

·       Primary Schools: 36

·       Secondary Schools: 49

ENTRIES BY GENDER:

·       Female: Primary School: 200

·       Male: Primary School: 160

·       Female: Secondary School: 181

·       Male: Secondary School: 152

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS

FINALIST SCHOOL STUDENT NAME
Kericho Primary School Evelyn Valarie
Richbrains Academy Purity Njoroge
Kamuthatha Boarding Primary School Andrew Derrick Nyaga
Kericho Primary School Tanisha Patel
Ganjoni Primary School Joy Wahome
A.E.F Reuben Primary School Jane Rose Mugure Wanjiru
Fluorspar Primary School Rutoh Dennis Kipkoech
Fluorspar Primary School Lorna Kigen
Machakos Primary School Ndinda Muli
Juja Road Primary school Owiti Luiza Cynthia
Gikumene Primary School Joy Nkirote
Kwa Njenga Primary School Jefferson Wambua

 

TOP THREE

1. Evelyn Valarie, Kericho Primary

2. Purity Njoroge, Rich Brains Academy

3. Andrew Derrick Nyaga, Kamuthatha Boarding Primary School

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS

FINALIST SCHOOL STUDENT NAME
The Kenya High School Gloria Shani Kabare
St. Joseph’s Girls High School – Chepterit Cherop Maisy Chuma
Malindi High School Komora Tenny Kanana
Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School Esther Hope Wahu
Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta Crystal Ogake
Kisumu Girls High School Yvette Odoyo
Loreto Kiambu Girls Sheila Muthama
Maryhill Girls High School Muindi Lily Nyaruai
Buruburu Girls’ Secondary School Kinya Kaaria Inoti
Njoro Boys’ High School Joseph Muraguri
The Kenya High School Makori Bahati Agatha
Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School Catherine Waigwe Waweru
Katakwa Secondary School Daniel Kituyi
St Kizito Sirende Clare Yakhama
Karima Girls High School Brenda Kajuju
Litein High School Brian Kibet Metet
Riara Springs Girls High School Madeleine Opiyo

 

TOP THREE

1. Gloria Shani Kabare, The Kenya High School

2. Cherop Maisy Chuma, St. Joseph’s Girls High School

3. Komora Tenny Kanana, Malindi High School

JUDGES’ AWARD:  Esther Hope Wahu, Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School  

 

Sponsors were Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Intel, Samsung, Text Book Centre and Elimu.  Prizes included scholarship funds for the top three Finalists in each category and a grand prize of Samsung Tablets for the top essays in each category. Competition Judges also gave a special Judges’ Award to a Finalist from Nyeri, who, along with her essay, submitted a hand drawn picture showing her analog life today and her digital future as she conceives it.  A copy of Esther’s picture that she included with her essay is available at:  http://essay.ekitabu.com.