- DigiTruck achieves milestone of training 1,500 Youth in 10 Counties in 1st Year
Chinese technology firm, Huawei, pledged to support its DigiTruck, a digital skill training project to rural communities in Kenya through mobile digital classrooms, for a 2nd year.
In its first year, the all solar-powered, mobile classrooms have been used to train more than 1,500 youth on digital skills across 13 locations in 10 Counties.
The announcement was made in Kitui to commence four weeks of digital skills training for youth helping them do business and work online.
Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Joe Mucheru presided over the graduation of 100 youth and thanked Huawei and the National Youth Council for making sure the youth across Kenya received digital skills training: “We are thankful to the partners we have; Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and Huawei, helping us bring connectivity across the country even to our youth.”
Digital equity and workforce development are essential if everyone is to participate in the digital economy. Public private partnerships have played a key role in bridging the digital divide therefore reducing the barriers of participation and entry for marginalized communities.
The Huawei DigiTruck is supported by various partners including the National Youth Council, UNESCO, GSMA, and Safaricom and contributes to the government’s Ajira initiative by enabling youth in rural areas to get the digital skills they need to thrive in society and the world of work.
Training on the truck is provided by Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) who provide a 20–40-hour course covering using computers, common document, spreadsheets and presentation software, smartphones and the internet.
They also learn about e-waste and being safe online.
The Huawei DigiTruck is one aspect of Huawei’s digital skills training program that also include programs training youth at Universities and TVETs nationwide.
Fiona Pan, Deputy CEO Public Affairs at Huawei Kenya noted that ICT is critical and the fastest growing part of the economy but that provision of technology on its own is not enough if people don’t know how to use it. Hence Huawei is helping provide digital skills all over the country, especially focused on rural areas.
Huawei Digitruck is a program under Huawei Tech4all, a digital inclusion initiative focusing on three main areas namely technology, application and skills to empower people and organizations across the globe.