Over 200 young people from the Mt Kenya region have benefited from a free training program on how they can best tap into digital technologies to be self-reliant.
Under the South-South Dialogue initiative, the youth drawn from Karundas Catholic Vocational Training Center in Kieni, Nyeri County were specially instructed on how to use the internet to tap into an unexploited potential of working remotely and in the comfort of their homes.
The two-day training dubbed ‘Digital Awareness for Self- Sustainability’ was organized by an organization within the initiative with the support of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Kenya. This is one way of strengthening the China- Kenya friendship.
“This is our first digital awareness project and we are amazed at how successful it turned out. We would love to thank the Chinese Embassy in Kenya who have supported us and we are elated that the China-Kenya friendship has aided in helping the disadvantaged people in society. We hope to do more than just helping the youths,“ he said
Speaking to the press at the conclusion of the two-day training, the Chief Executive Director of South-South Dialogue Stephen Ndegwa Mwangi noted that the aim of the training is to inculcate basic online skills in order for learners to exploit opportunities in e-commerce, trading, and cyber security and other digital fields.
“We would love to tell the youth that it is not only white-collar jobs that earn money as there are a variety of blue-collar jobs that you can do in the comfort of your home with only a cell phone and a stable internet connection. Digital awareness sustainability is here to remind and teach you that the internet is a gold mine and you only need a positive mindset to create yourself a niche,’’ he said
The administrator of the institution Justus Mwarari appreciated the programme adding that the institution can now offer and market its services online around the globe for self-sustainability.
The beneficiaries led by James Ndung’u lauded the move by the organization for training them adding that they are in a position to make money online instead of moving from one office to another searching for jobs.
He said the current levels of unemployment in the country call for graduates to seek alternative sources of livelihood that would not only be a lifeline to them but which might end up helping others in the process.
“This is a rapidly growing sector with vast opportunities which will give the youths a platform to be more productive and provide them with the employment opportunities they need to be able to sustain themselves,” he said
“For so long we thought that it is only the things taught in school that matter and even the online jobs are out of rich for people like us but now that we have been taught by the South-South program, we know better”, he added
South to South Dialogue is a technical support training program from China targeting developing countries whose aim is to share knowledge and skills in areas such as e-commerce, urbanization, health, human rights advocacy, climate change, and agricultural development.