The government has trained over 70,000 teachers on Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills. The Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr Fred Matiang’i said the move will enable teachers and tutors teach and deliver content on a digital platform.

He said the digital literacy programme needed teachers with digital skills, noting that the teachers need to have the appropriate ICT skills to work in the smart schools that the programme requires.

The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks at the 2016 Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Nairobi Hotel Tuesday.

The symposium is meant to provide strategic direction to the national and international community, on issues relating to capacity building in the area of ICT. It also aims to strengthen cooperation among the global ICT capacity building community – as the world focuses on the achievement of the 17 SDGs across all development sectors.

Dr Matiang’i underscored the role of ICT in enabling governments increase access and equity in providing education to its citizens. “ICT is a critical enabler in providing education content,” Dr Matiang’i observed, saying it provides opportunities to improve access of all learners who deserve an education   without any restrictions.

He clarified that the ongoing digital literacy programme was open to children in private educational institutions, saying there were no private children. “All children belong to the state,” the CS clarified. He stated that the government training infrastructure on ICT was open to teachers in private basic educational institutions.

He said ICT had made possible the establishment of National Open Universal University noting that this will lead to growth and expansion of Higher Education.

The Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology, Mr Joseph Mucheru underscored the importance of ICT in modern society. He said ICT has capacity to transform lives, noting that the knowledge society needed a citizenry and a workforce that had ICT skills and competencies.

The occasion was addressed by the Secretary-General of ITU Mr Houlin Zhao and the Communications Authority of Kenya Director-General Mr Francis Wangusi.

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