M-Pesa Foundation Academy Wins Top ICT Award

CIO CEO Laura Chite (centre) hands over the Company of the year award to M-PESA Foundation Academy’s Head of Teaching and Learning Innovations Paul Ngugi and the Academy’s Digital Media Specialist Gloria Ireri during the East Africa CIO Awards ceremony.

The M-Pesa Foundation Academy has become the first learning institution to be recognised as the company of the year at the East Africa CIO awards. The four year  old school also received two other recognitions for its  use of information and communications technology ( ICT) in both teaching and learning.

“We are honoured to have been recognised for our integration of technology in the way we deliver education. Our learners and teachers have fully embraced technology in the way they learn and teach including delivery of content, assessment, research and presentations. From the time they join, students are engaged in coding, animation, robotics, amongst other programmes that make use of the advanced infrastructure that we have put in place”, said Paul Ngugi, head of technology and learning innovations, M-Pesa Foundation Academy.

The institution’s head of technology and learning innovations was also among those shortlisted for the prestigious East Africa CIO of the Year Award which was won by James Kizza, assistant commissioner IT, Uganda Revenue Authority.

“We believe in offering a world class, well rounded learning environment to develop the future leaders of the African continent. The academy places great emphasis on the holistic development of all our learners not just in academics but also in technology, music, sports, the arts, outdoor pursuits and community service,” said Les Baillie, CEO, M-Pesa Foundation Academy.

Last year , the Airbus Foundation partnered with M-Pesa  Foundation Academy to launch the Little Engineer Programme  in Kenya which aims at encouraging students between the age of 10 and 16 to understand and embrace technology and ignite the passion that could grow into an exciting career in the field of science, technology, engineering  and mathematics ( STEM).  The  academy offers a platform for economically disadvantaged students with learners joining form one being offered full 4-year scholarships.