Ministry of ICT plans to set up four innovation hubs in each constituency to enable young people have equal access to online work and other digital opportunities. This will assist them earn income and innovate.
This is in line with government’s initiative dubbed Ajira Digital Programme that seeks to address youth unemployment. The programme also introduces youths to online work, provides training, resources and infrastructure needed to start digital work.
The first Constituency Innovation Hub was launched in Mathioya, Murang’a County recently. The hubs will have built in free Wi-Fi connectivity to enable youths and locals access more information plus work online. More 1,160 centers are scheduled to be opened in all the 290 constituencies over the next few years.
Further, in a bid to support development of digital entrepreneurship and job creation, Google through its Google’s Digital Skills for Africa Programme trained one million African youths from Kenya and Nigeria on digital and entrepreneurship skills. The youth were trained on how to build an online presence, create content, understand web design and user experience, social media and app development.
Google’s Digital Skills for Africa Programme was launched in April 2016 to assist more youths in Kenya and Africa to play an integral part in the digital economy.
The trainings delivered via face-to-face by partners and through an online platform to the youth saw 97 percent trained offline and in person through fourteen partner organizations spread across Africa. In Kenya, the partners included Centum Learning, Africa 118 and E-Mobilis.
In its next phase of the program, Google intends to help more communities outside urban centers in Africa to acquire digital skills. This will be achieved by rolling out offline versions of the online training materials to reach individuals and businesses in low access areas.