Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma and his deputy Ruth Odinga in partnership with an NGO.
launched a digital literacy programme. The Kisumu government in partnership with the African Centre for Women, Information and Communication Technology will train about 1,400 standard eight leavers in information, technology and communication.
African Center for Women, Information and Communication Technology chief executive Constatine Obuya said some of the training that the youth will undergo include managing information, website management, coding skills among other fields.
“Embracing ICT is one of our agenda for development in Kisumu County and this is why we have embarked on training these primary school leavers in ICT,” Ranguma.
“Where the youth have been drawn from the 35 wards within Kisumu County, 20 each from a ward totaling to 700. The first batch of the 700 trainees will be trained beginning this week and the training will go for seven weeks. The remaining other lot of 700 will be trained thereafter, when the training for the first batch of trainees is completed,” said Ms Obuya.
Speaking during the programme launch, Governor Jack Ranguma said the project is very vital for youth especially for the standard eight leavers. The governor urged the youth who have been identified for the training to take it seriously for their own benefit in future.
Ranguma said this is an initiative meant to increase employability among the youth, adding that it is the first of its kind in the country. He also said the programme is part of the county’s development agenda on transforming Kisumu on matters of ICT.
Ms Obuya said, “We want to give these youth the skills in ICT that the employment market will be looking for.”
The African Center for Women, Information and Communication Technology (ACWICT) boss said the youth will also be trained in entrepreneurship which will enable them to start and manage businesses as a way of creating self-employment.