The Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and Technology Mr Joe Mucheru (centre) flanked by Kenya Private Sector Alliance(KEPSA) CEO Carol Kariuki and Mamadou Biteye, Regional Representative of Rockefeller Foundation, addresses media after he officially opened 2017 Edition of Connected Summit at Leisure Lodge- Diani, Kwale County yesterday. [Photo: Jacob Munyao/KNA]
The Rockefeller Foundation has donated Ksh100 million to boost education and training of youth under the Ajira Digital Programme.
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology Joe Mucheru said the funds will be used for awareness creation and training of over 10,000 youths on on-line work in 21 centres set up across the country from May this year.
Speaking at in Kwale when he opened the Connected Kenya Summit 2017 yesterday, Mr Mucheru said the government in collaboration with the Kenya Private Sector Association, have equipped the youth with on-line work skills. This, he said, will put some work online to be performed by the youth to enable them earn income.
The Cabinet Secretary asked other organisations and the private sector to put their work on-line to give youth opportunity to access employment and earn decent income.
Rockefeller Regional representative Mamadou Bitegey lauded Kenya, saying the country was the pioneer in the continent in the training of its citizens for on-line work.
Mamadou said the success of the Ajira Digital programme will raise the global status of the countyand set pace for other Africa countries on on-line work.
KEPSA Chief Executive officer Carol Kariuki said her association will consider availing on-line work for the youth in support of government’s initiative to generate employment. [Cheruiyot Korir]