The ACE Alliance emerged from the ICT in Education Global Development Alliance, as part of USAID’s broader Teacher Education and Professional Development (TEPD) program. The ACE Alliance deployed ICT in education by providing affordable PCs and Internet access solutions, integrated ICT in teaching, and the use of locally relevant content, software, and services. A key component was the creation of “one-to-one-learning” classrooms in 60 focus schools across Kenya, in which every student gained access to a computer. Total project investment reached $9 million.
Deploying more than 6,000 networked computers for student and teacher use, ACE trained approximately 7,000 teachers to integrate technology into the classroom, trained technical support staff at each school to maintain the technology, provided schools with a wireless infrastructure and access to digital education content, and developed the local ICT industry to promote economic development and sustainability. The project also trained 2,000 teachers and 5,000 pre-service teachers at training colleges to teach in 40 secondary school and 40 primary schools across Kenya. Over three years, the ACE project has directly benefited about 39,000 students, while Kenya’s Ministry of Education estimated that an additional 300,000 people are benefiting from it indirectly.