By Staff Reporter.
Youth empowerment in Kenya has received a major boost with Rockefeller Foundation donating Sh100 million to boost their training under the Ajira Digital Programme that aims to introduce young people to online work.
The programme is a multi-sectoral government initiative that aims to introduce young people to online work by providing them with tools, training and mentorship to work and earn an income through online work. It targets over one million young Kenyans to access online jobs over the next one year.
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 in Kwale when he opened the Connected Kenya Summit 2017 recently, the CS said the government in collaboration with the Kenya Private Sector Association (KEPSA) 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.
Mr Mucheru 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 on the continent in the training of its citizens for on-line work.
Bitegey said the success of the Ajira Digital Programme will raise the global status of the country and set pace for other African 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.