Kenya’s online books platform, eKitabu, announced partnerships with the French Embassy, Moran Publishers, Oxford University Press and Education Development Trust at its Digital Essay Competition, as it seeks to broaden its digital books portfolio.
The deal with Moran Publishers and Oxford University Press will increase the firm’s digital library, which comprises of more than 450,000 titles. The deal will also finance new and existing projects handled by eKitabu.
The firm, which is East Africa’s first ebook store, started a sign language project in which story books are made into videos narrated in sign language. The product is made available to deaf students across Kenya. Chief Executive and co-founder of eKitabu, Will Clurman said “the 146.3 percent increase in submissions comes from collaboration with teachers and partners. In essays this year, we see students from mainstream and special needs schools envisioning how they can use ICT to help reach the goal of inclusive and quality education for all”.
The company revealed it will seek more partnerships with stakeholders in Kenya’s education sector in order to make it possible for teachers to access and use their digitised literature.
The online books platform which was founded in 2012, operates in 14 African countries. Since then, eKitabu has partnered with more than 1,500 schools in the countries to access its books.