Press Release: eKitabu Launches the 2016 Digital Essay Competition

To our Friends in the Media,


2016 Essay Question:  Is technology changing your life? How?


Je, teknologia inabadilisha maisha yako? Vipi?

eKitabu will launch its 4th annual Digital Essay Competition for all primary and secondary schools in Kenya tomorrow Thursday 12th May at Visa Oshwal Primary School in Westlands for the Primary School Official Launch; and on Thursday 26th May at the Kenya High School for the Secondary School Official Launch.

Together with public and private partners in ICT for education, eKitabu has awarded over 1,500,000 Ksh in prizes since 2013 to winning students, teachers and schools across Kenya. Digital Essay Competition sponsors for 2016 include Positivo BGH, who was selected to deliver tablets and laptops in partnership with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) under Kenya’s Digital Literacy Programme for public primary schools.  Other sponsors include Longhorn Publishers, Oxford University Press East Africa, and Moran Publishers.

 Major milestones of the Digital Essay Competition 2016 timeline are:

·         Thursday 12th May – Primary School Official Launch at Visa Oshwal Primary School

·         Thursday 26th May – Secondary School Official Launch at the Kenya High School

·         20th July – Deadline for Entry Submissions

·         28th September – National Prize Giving in Nairobi


About Digital Essay Competition

In 2013 eKitabu established the Digital Essay Competition to advance digital literacy for students and teachers in all public and private schools across Kenya.  Students submit essays online at  Prizes are awarded for winning entries in English and Kiswahili in Primary School and Secondary School categories.  The Digital Essay Competition is approved for all Kenyan primary and secondary schools by Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (REF: QAS/VETT/621/(13))

2016 Partners and Sponsors include Kenya Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Positivo BGH, Longhorn Publishers, Moran Publishers, Oxford University Press, Kenya Publishers Association (KPA), Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA), and Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA).

About eKitabu

eKitabu is headquartered in Nairobi and is East Africa’s leading distributor of digital content for education with over 500,000 titles from local and international publishers, including the widest selection of ebooks approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for Kenya’s 8-4-4 curriculum.  Founded in 2012, eKitabu has brought digital content to over 675 schools across four countries:  Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana.


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