Huawei ICT Academy Kenya together with its partners are collaborating for higher learning under the Learn ON program to help learners transition from face-to-face learning e-learning.
“In order to create contactless online education systems for educators and students, Huawei’s Learn ON program provides high-quality resources on an open platform together with financial support to ensure education continuity,” said Huawei Kenya CEO Mr. Stone during a Learn ON program Webinar for Online Higher Education.
In Kenya over 15 million Primary, Secondary and University students have been sent home.
Severe short-term disruption has been felt by families’ across the country. We have had to re-think how to educate them in these tough times.
The crisis has provided an opportunity for educational institutions to improve and to maximize their ICT capabilities.
Samuel Kinuthia, Head of the Centre for Professional Certifications at Zetech University, Kenya said the institution is a Huawei-authorized ICT Academy that has integrated Huawei-certified ICT Associate Routing & Switching (HCIA R&S) into its BSc in Information Technology curricula.
“This was one of many courses that were affected when face-to-face learning was suspended at the university,” said Kinuthia.
To create contactless online education systems for educators and students, Huawei’s Learn ON program provides high-quality resources on an open platform together with financial support to ensure educational continuity.
Some of the key benefits in the program include, a $5 million Huawei ICT Academy Development Incentive Fund (ADIF), more than 100 online Train the Trainer (TTT) to be provided from April to December, and over 1500 teachers are expected to be trained.
50,000 students are expected to be trained through online self-learning, courses, and classes.
“The successful experiences shared and the commitment of Huawei to work collaboratively towards advancing digital solutions and tech4all skills give hope in building resilient education systems now and beyond COVID-19,” said Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa.
Over 30 universities in the country are authorized Huawei ICT Academy Kenya partners, a number of these universities have adopted the online HCIA-R&S class on the Huawei Welink platform. Students are provided with data bundles to access virtual training and resources from the Huawei ICT Academy platform.
“We have also collaborated with ICTA on training DigiTalent interns in AI, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security, aiming to equip the Kenyan ICT leaders of tomorrow with the latest technologies in the industry,” said Stone.
DigiTalent is the brand name for the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP), an internship program that develops the ICT talent pool in Kenya through a collaboration between the public and private sectors.
It is a partnership between government, public and private sector stakeholders under the stewardship of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (MoICT) through the ICT Authority (ICTA).
“In these uncertain times, it’s important that learning never stops,” concluded Stone He.