Epson has launched an EcoTank Donation Campaign Program that will see 80 schools in the country receive printers, projectors and visualizers from the company.
The program is part of an initiative to support education through technology in schools in the region. Epson hopes to give over 800 EcoTank printers to schools and hospitals across eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region [MEA] through this campaign.
Epson has partnered with Liquid Intelligent Technologies , who will provide last mile support that will see schools receive equipment estimated at a cost KES 3 Million. Liquid Technologies is already working on a program with UNICEF to connect schools with internet across the country.
Speaking during the launch of this program Education CS Ezekiel Machogu lauded the initiative noting that it will go a long way in supporting the implementation of CBC, which requires students to be involved in many practical applications most of which include printing.
“I further appreciate the role that this technology in the form of projectors and visualizers will play in aiding teaching and learning especially in classes with big numbers of students especially for underprivileged communities,” noted CS Machogu.
Epson’s Regional Head for East and West Africa Mukesh Bector, emphasized the impact of this initiative and the significance of these printers in facilitating the distribution of educational materials, thereby aiding both students and teachers.He stressed Epson’s focus on investing in future talent and ensuring accessible education for children, irrespective of their location or circumstances.
“These EcoTank printers are not only energy-efficient, saving up to 95% on power consumption, but also come with up to three years’ worth of ink, offering a sustainable solution for schools”, noted Bector.
Liquid Telecom’s Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Ben Roberts noted that this partnership represents a significant step in enhancing educational opportunities through technology.
“This collaboration not only addresses immediate educational needs but also aligns with broader goals of sustainable development and technological advancement in education;” said Roberts.
Also in attendance, African Union Best Teacher in 2023 Award winner Rosemary Bosibori Onyancha, a Computer and Business Studies teacher at Moi Forces Academy Lanet lauded the program for its potential to advance educational opportunities and career prospects for both students and teachers.
“This will have a huge effect on teachers being able to create tailored lesson planning and worksheets as well as the ability for children to take home learning material,” said MS Onyancha.
Ms. Onyancha noted that challenges in implementing educational technology in classrooms persist, primarily due to budget constraints and the difficulty in sourcing, installing, and utilizing effective educational technology.
Globally Epson has transitioned its technology from laser to inkjet technology, thereby reducing printing costs for users.