Ministry of Communication head of ICT Dr Kathrine Getao has urged universities in the Country and in Africa to enhance digital literacy to spur economic growth.
Getao says digital literacy has revolutionized Kenya to a digital economy facilitating advanced education, high-tech conduction of surgical operations and improved modern innovations.
This has then enabled the society to deal with emerging issues.
Getao was speaking during the 5th International Interdisciplinary Research Conference 2016 held at Mount Kenya University campus in Thika which has brought together Kyambogo University from Uganda, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University from Nigeria and University of Eldoret.
“We must use digital literacy for positive initiatives that transform the world around us,” she told delegates at the conference.
Getao urged universities to partner with industrialists to develop solutions to national concerns in a bid to improve livelihoods.
The officer cautioned Kenyans against consuming fake news urging them to instead use digital technology for education, development and transformation.
She said fake news has been there ever since but should not detract the modern society, insisting on the need for consumers to test information relayed to them before consumption.
The conference chairman who is also the Vice Chairman of Mount Kenya University Council, Dr. Vincent Gichuru Gaitho urged participants to use their digital know how to supplement the government in achieving the big four agenda.
“The conference avails a chance for analyzing the critical role of digital revolution as either an enabler or otherwise. This will not only be a moment to share research findings but also to reflect on opportunities and challenges in Africa towards achieving SDGs through a multidisciplinary approaches,” he said.
The 3-day conference has brought together practitioners, academicians, policy makers, governmental and non-governmental organizations on a single platform to discuss modalities of enhancing the achievement of the SDGs through various disciplines of study and research.