Over 700 civil servants have graduated after completing a one-week digital enhancement program. The training program was sponsored by Huawei in collaborating with ICT Authority. The ultimate goal is to boost digital literacy among youth and government employees.
During the ceremony, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Joe Mucheru noted the importance of investing in human capital. He also commended the partnership with Huawei for its efforts in improving ICT infrastructure in the country through empowering the youth.
“I wish to thank Huawei for working closely with the Ministry in developing this training program and for the many other projects we continue to collaborate in. You see that the need for technology is growing in the country and the region and we thank you that you have partnered with us to ensure that we can deliver not only for our citizens but even for the businesses so that we can see the kind of growth that is required. We hope that we continue to collaborate and work together with Huawei technologies and we look forward to a great future together,” said CS Mucheru.
The training was categorized into two groups: technical and non-technical training. The technical training aimed at improving the participants’ knowledge on the recent technologies while the non-technical training focused on basic knowledge of ICT transformation, information security. Each trainee was required to complete coursework in one week as well as particulate in live training and take exam certifications.
The trainees included 514 non-technical staff and 270 technical staff coming from 100 public sector organizations including: county governments, parastatals, and national government agencies countrywide.
Huawei remains committed to advocating for digital literacy, promoting digital skills, contributing to the success of the ICT industry whilst enabling more people to benefit from the digital world. Improving digital skills will facilitate a seamless roll-out of e-government and hasten the realization of the fourth industrial revolution in Kenya.
“We need to be able to take advantage of emerging technologies such as AI, distributed ledgers, cloud infrastructure, robotics, 5G, and the Internet of Things to spur socio-economic growth of our country,” said CS Mucheru.
Huawei Kenya Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Will Meng praised the partnership saying, it will enhance digital literacy skills, create jobs, and provide efficient public services for Kenyan citizens.
“The civil servants training was one of the aspects of a multi-pronged capacity building partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of ICT and we will continue to expand this program in the future,” said Meng.