Pan-African communications service provider Liquid Telecom has successfully connected 152 schools to website domains as part of a broader effort to enhance schools’ abilities to deliver online learning and services across the country in partnership with Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC).
The programme, launched in May 2020, features schools from across 19 counties including Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Migori, Homabay, Kakamega, Narok, Busia, Kisii, Nandi, Kiambu, West Pokot, Nyamira, Siaya, Uasin Gishu, Turkana, Vihiga, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Kilifi with the target to register 2000 sc.ke domains.
KeNIC Chief Executive Officer Joel Karubiu said, “The Pandemic has heightened the need for digital adoption to improve our current education systems. The need for schools to be connected and have an online presence to be able to conduct classes has never been more important than right now.
Through this programme in partnership with Liquid Telcom, we aim to reach at least 2000 schools and register them on a unique identifier.sc.ke. A domain name extension for schools that will give access, enable and empower educators with the relevant digital skills to teach effectively.”
As the Registry mandated with the management of Kenya’s County Code Top Level Domain (CCTLD), KeNIC’s role is to ensure that Kenya has a unique identifier online, offer reliable and sustainable infrastructure.
The domain identity designated for schools in Kenya, delivers website domain names that end in .sc.ke.
Speaking about the programme, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Liquid Telecom Ben Roberts added that, “Creating domains for the institution within Kenya’s school systems is directly addressing the changing digital landscape of this country. Not only does it set the scene for the new global digital economy, but it also allows for greater security and integration as instructors can use school domain emails instead of personal emails.”