Accelerating 21st Century Education (ACE)

The ACE Alliance is a USAID Education partnership with Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, and Kenya’s Ministry of Education.

Accelerating 21st Century Education (ACE)

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.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Service Providers, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

  • Intel Corporation

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip...

  • Cisco Systems

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Cisco enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet...

  • Ministry of Education (Kenya)

    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    The mission of Ministry of Education of Kenya is to provide, promote and co-ordinate lifelong education, training and research for Kenya's sustainable development. It focuses on priority areas...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Kenya
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 9 Million