Innovation and creativity are the perfect lovers and when tech joins that dance anything is possible. This is where the future is written, and one of the most interesting places to absorb this vibe in that is Bishop Magua Center in Nairobi, one of Meanwhile in Kenya’s favorite places in the world. This is where you will find iHub (stay tuned for a super-interesting interview with an iHub star soon!) and… BRCK. This is a post that is somewhat different from the standard MeanwhileinKenya.com concept and its simply because this topic deserves all the attention it can get. This is an education solution that will have an impact on many children’s lives. This will have positive consequences on a larger scale.
“At BRCK Education, we do not think the only sources of knowledge and information in a classroom should be teachers and textbooks. The four walls of a classroom should not limit a child’s access to learning, playing and growing. This technology, however, cannot replace the role of a teacher. It makes access to information much easier.”
BRCK Education, a division of technology firm BRCK, has launched a tablet for schools in the developing world. It is designed in Kenya and called The Kio Tablet. It was launched today in Nairobi together with The Kio Kit, a rugged and secure case that holds 40 Kios and the BRCKPi. The BRCK Kio Kit provides a “digital classroom in a box” model that connects any school within range of a mobile phone tower to the internet, as well as provides locally hosted content to the Kio tablets within each kit.
The tablet is one component of a game-changing portable kit, which is made up of 40 ruggedized BRCK Kio tablets; a BRCK, which is an internet connectivity device made for low infrastructure environments; wireless charging to reduce breakage, and a hardened, waterproof, lockable case for added security. The kit and everything inside it is ruggedized to be both dust and water resistant. The tablet is designed for use by Standard 1 pupils in harsh environments across rural Kenya where electricity is intermittent. It can be used for 8 hours without power and is rugged enough to allow for occasional drops and spills.
“We wanted to take a holistic approach to education, hence the design of an easy to use digital solution that is uniquely tailored for the African environment. We are deploying a content-agnostic solution that allows us to curate localized and culturally relevant digital content that will improve the learning experience and give a digital edge to millions of children across the continent,” BRCK CEO Erik Hersman said.
The BRCK Kio Kits are available for pre-order while general availability will begin in January 2016. BRCK Education has also signed an agreement with Chase Bank that will see it provide credit facilities to schools that are keen on leveraging technology as an equaliser in achieving academic excellence.
“We want to send the message that indeed Kenyans, and Africans in general, have the capacity and skills required to manufacture high-tech, world-class indigenous solutions to the challenges facing the continent and which can also be exported to the rest of the world.”
– BRCK founding team member Juliana Rotich
Well done BRCK. Meanwhile in Kenya is inspired by you guys and asante for sharing the great news. Keep innovating.
(All images provided by BRCK.)