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Tana River youth benefit from free computer lessons thanks to ‘Digitruck’


A good number of young people in Tana River County are expected to benefit from free digital skills after the ‘Digitruck’ caravan enters the area.

The initiative sponsored by tech giant Huawei, in collaboration with Close the Gap – a Belgium-based NGO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), GSMA, Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and Safaricom, is to ship a container-turned-classroom with the aim of expanding digital literacy in Kenya.

The majority of young people who have been enrolled in the program have not hidden their joy at the prospects offered by the program. They expressed excitement, especially given the opportunity to learn computer skills. Some of them described the program as a blessing telling how they had lost all hope of ever entering a higher education institution due to financial difficulties.

“My dream of acquiring computer skills has come true. The knowledge that I will obtain will allow me to master computers and the Internet. So I will be able to apply for jobs online and earn money,” said a delighted Asha Jillo.

The truck is equipped with 20 laptops, 20 virtual reality (VR) headsets and built-in Wi-Fi. The 100 young people will be trained for two weeks in groups of 20 for two hours a day.

Speaking at the lunch of the 14-day training, Abbass Kunyo, county executive member for education and youth, urged the youngsters to take the training offered by a team from Huawei seriously.

The CEC also disclosed that the county elevated and renamed the Hola Vocational Training College to the Tana River Center for Innovation and Youth Empowerment.

“The center will be the second in the country after that of the department of Isiolo. The center will nurture talent. We have an elaborate plan for our young people,” Kunyo said.

For his part, Salim Kalime, a youth leader, said; “We have been lamenting for a long time that we have no opportunities. It is our responsibility to seize these opportunities. Let’s stop whining, let’s get serious,”

County Secretary Joshua Jara urged local leaders to ensure that a majority of young people in Tana River are reached for maximum use of the program in the region. He hailed the program saying it has the potential to turn around the economic fortunes of the country’s youth.

“The government has embarked on e-procurement; you will be the intermediary between businessmen applying for tenders who will seek your services,” Jara advised the young people.