California, 19 April 2007: ESRI announced that the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Kenya has contracted Oakar Services Ltd. (OSL), ESRI’s distributor in eastern Africa, to develop a GIS database of the educational facilities in Kenya.
Under the current project OSL is implementing a GIS database which includes ESRI’s ArcGIS Server, ArcView, and ArcPad and Trimble’s GPS GeoCollector. The project involves recording the names of the schools, their locations, and their primary physical features. This information will be integrated with attribute data including school enrollment, number of teachers, and the school’s educational resources, which will be collected in the field.
The project, started in December 2006, is valued at US$1 million, and is being funded with a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During the project the Kenyan government was concerned about a number of issues including overcrowded classrooms and the availability of educational resources. Other concerns included the lack of a clear view of the location and distribution of educational facilities in the country, as well as their condition, and the number, availability, and distribution of classroom instructors.
Thomas Ndegwa, technical director at OSL, says, “In a developing country such as ours where there is a large demand for donor aid, we are very fortunate that our government has taken the bold step to approve this project. It is a tribute to the forward thinking of the Kenyan government and its recognition of the critical importance of the education of our youth as well as its clear understanding of the value of spatial analysis in the decision-making process.”
Oakar Services Ltd. (OSL) is an authorized distributor for ESRI and Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging in eastern Africa as well as a reseller for a variety of other products such as Trimble GPS receivers, ArcCadastre. For more information visit OSL at www.esriea.co.ke.