Kenya’s ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which will see Microsoft provide ICT skills training of up to 300,000 teachers. According to ICT Authority website, the agreement form part of the Government of Kenya priorities to grow the local knowledge economy and recognises training on other areas such as proficiency in Microsoft Technologies, Microsoft Teach with Technology courseware and accreditation as Microsoft Certified Educators.
“Building local ICT capacity forms an important part of our Kenya Vision 2030 and shift from a labour-based to a middle-income, knowledge economy. The ICT Masterplan also recognises that to be a leader in ICT, we need to up the skills of our workforce,” says Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of ICT. “By collaborating with partners such as Microsoft, we are intent to fast-track the development of local ICT skills, empowering working professionals, providing access to broadband and promoting small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya.”
Additional areas of collaboration underpinned in the Memorandum of Understanding include:
• Integrating ICT in teaching and learning
• Developing world-class skills and placing working professionals in jobs
• Bringing SMEs online and encouraging innovation
• Providing reliable, accessible and affordable devices and broadband
“Investing in Africa’s skills for both entrepreneurship and employability is key in helping Africans find and create jobs to promote inclusive economic growth and we look forward to working with the Ministry of ICT on this,”says Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President, and Microsoft Middle East & Africa.
“We are supporting governments in setting the example of adopting technology to advance economic and social development. Governments that embrace solid ICT policies will be at the forefront of economic development and create favourable investment climates,” adds Faramawy.
Microsoft plans to support government officials with ICT policy training, helping them to integrate ICT into their programs.