Note From CEO – April 2016 Newsletter Issue

Dear friends,

Welcome to May and the beginning of Term 2 in Kenyan schools!  For the eKitabu team this means it’s time to launch the 2016 Digital Essay Competition officially. The Competition is free and open to all public and private schools countrywide.  Prizes are computing devices, scholarship funds, and national recognition for winning students, teachers, and schools.  The Digital Essay Competition is approved by Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science & Technology.  Registration and entry submission are available online now at

Now in its fourth year, the Digital Essay Competition has awarded over 1.5 Million Kenya Shillings in prizes to winning students, teachers, and schools.  Major sponsors include HP, Avanti, Oxford University Press, Longhorn Publishers, Nation Media, and DataWind.  Teachers are encouraged to register their students as well as their schools, as prizes will be awarded to both students and teachers.

All Upper Primary (Class 5 – 8) students and Secondary School students (Form 1 – 4) in school in Kenya can enter the Digital Essay Competition with an original essay in either English or Kiswahili.  Essays should be between 500 and 800 words in length and should respond to the 2016 essay question.

The 2016 essay question is:

Is technology changing your life? How? 


Je, teknolojia inabadilisha maisha yako? Vipi?

The official deadline for submission of entries for Digital Essay Competition 2016 is 21st July 2016.

Essays will be marked by teachers, and prizes will be awarded in September for winning entries in both English and Kiswahili, Primary School and Secondary School categories.

Official 2016 Launch events are in May.  The Primary School Launch is at Visa Oshwal Primary School, Westlands on Thursday 12th May.  The Secondary School Launch is at Kenya High School on Wednesday 25th May.  In addition to launch events in Nairobi we will hold regional kickoffs at schools countrywide during Term 2.

All are welcome.  Please visit throughout Term 2 to find out where and when events are happening near you.

We would like to extend a special thanks and welcome to our newest DEC sponsor, Positivo BGH, who is working with JKUAT to deliver the new Taifa line of tablets and laptops proudly MADE IN KENYA under the Government of Kenya Digital Literacy Programme!

With those many few remarks, I will conclude by saying I hope you and your families had a pleasant Labor Day holiday — and I look forward to collaborating more with you in Term 2!!

Sincerely yours,