Nyaragi Gekonge – Precious Blood Riruta

Dear Mr. President,

As they say, technology has brought more good than harm and I have no reason whatsoever to disagree. Recently, Kenya just shifted from analogue to digital and with her, learning too. This was just but a dream- like chasing the wind- but now it is a reality!

Your Excellency, it is such a great honor to write to you. It is indeed with much joy that I would like to inform you how my life as a digital learner has been impacted greatly and positively. Being a student in one of the institutions that have embraced technology, learning has become much more interactive and effective, not just in school but at home too.

In class for instance, we learn through graphic PowerPoint and computerized diagrammatic presentations of various units in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography. Physics is way more interesting and fun. Can you imagine waves coming to life on a smart board or a diagram of the human heart suddenly pumping life at the press of a button? You do not have to! This actually happens- thanks to technology.

Internet connectivity has facilitated further research in many spheres and offered further details on particular areas of interest. During the National Science Congress competitions, I find technology playing a key role in research. The computers which have internet connectivity and Wi-Fi connection come in handy.

Going online offers platforms not only for acquiring information but also guides on how to utilize that information. Google is one of the most renowned search engines the world over. Other areas where the internet is useful in school include science and engineering fairs, debate contests and research club.

It is now possible to join online libraries like e-kitbag, myGoethe and elibraryusa to read and borrow books. E-books are no longer the jargon they were; instead they have become common catchphrases. Discussions on online study groups are much fun. On these platforms we get to connect with other students all over the world, share ideas and learn a thing or two about other cultures. Through this we enhance national and international cohesion for the present and the future as we are the leaders of tomorrow.

In my school library, there are E-readers called ‘kobo’. These kobos are very helpful whenever I wish to read a book that is not available in our library. I am able to access the specific book on-net.

My learning experience has got more exciting both in school and at home. I no longer have to break my back carrying stacks of books during the school breaks and holidays. All I need is a laptop or a computer at the nearby cybercafé to access any e-book. Since I like burying myself in interesting fantasy or fiction novels during my leisure time, an application known as Watt pad comes to my aid. After all, a little time in the magical world of imagination and fiction is great for the brain. Besides, work without play is toxic to a progressive mind.

During the holidays I can also connect with my friends, schoolmates and teachers with the help of applications like WhatsApp and Facebook where we form study groups.

So far the amazing digital experience has been enlightening but not exactly what I had envisaged. Sure enough, I have grown in breadth and length. However, your government could do more to support schools by donating computers, building laboratories and providing internet access and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, there is need for more trained and experienced manpower to facilitate the learning process.

Finally, exchange programs with developed countries like America and China will bring a whole new refreshing outlook to our digital experience. It is at times very challenging to access the internet in areas where it is not activated or enabled. Developed countries have solved this by having Wi-Fi connectivity enabled everywhere- even in the lavatories! We could borrow a leaf, even a tree from them and make our digital revolution exemplary. Mr. President this is my digi-life. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,