Taita Taveta County has embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with the Ajira Digital Program to equip its youth with essential digital skills. The initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in the county, providing youth with opportunities for online employment and economic empowerment. Led by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education, Libraries, and Vocational Training Centers (VTCs), Gloria Monikombo, this collaboration underscores the county’s commitment to embracing the digital era and preparing its youth for the future job market.
- Taita Taveta County partners with Ajira Digital Program to offer digital skills training to youth.
- The initiative seeks to narrow the digital gap and create opportunities for online employment.
- Training sessions conducted by Ajira Digital team aim to empower youth with practical skills in networking, cybersecurity, coding, and more.
- Emphasis placed on integrating digital skills into Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) to enhance graduates’ employability.
Empowering Youth through Digital Skills
Gloria Monikombo commended the national government’s Ajira initiative for its timely intervention in equipping youth with essential digital skills. Recognizing the transformative potential of digital literacy, she emphasized the importance of empowering youth to harness online job opportunities and enhance their economic status. The training sessions held in Voi serve as a platform for youth to acquire practical skills and explore avenues for sustainable livelihoods in the digital economy.
Integrating Digital Training in VTCs
In addition to empowering individual youth, the collaboration between Taita Taveta County and Ajira Digital Program extends to enhancing digital training within Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) across the county. Raphael Chola, the Director of VTCs, emphasized the significance of blending hands-on skills with ICT proficiency to ensure graduates’ competitiveness in the job market. By incorporating digital skills such as networking, cybersecurity, and coding into VTC curricula, the county aims to equip students with versatile skill sets that meet industry demands.
Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Chola highlighted the potential for youth to leverage their digital skills for entrepreneurship and content creation. With a focus on practical application and monetization of talents, graduates are encouraged to explore avenues for online content creation and income generation. By nurturing a culture of innovation and creativity, the county aims to empower youth to become self-reliant and economically independent.
The partnership between Taita Taveta County and Ajira Digital Program represents a significant step towards empowering youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital age. Through collaborative efforts and targeted training initiatives, the county is paving the way for a future where its youth are equipped to seize opportunities in the evolving job market. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, investments in digital literacy and entrepreneurship are essential for driving sustainable development and prosperity in Taita Taveta and beyond.