Hundreds of youth in Meru County have started training on online work, courtesy of the Ajira Digital Programme.
The five-day training started on Monday at the Cooperative University of Kenya, Meru Campus, and targets over 700 youth to enroll for online work and will take five consecutive weeks.
The programme is being implemented by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in partnership with the Ministries of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Education, Foreign Affairs and civil society together with private partners.
Speaking at the launch of the training after reading a statement from the MoICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, Ms. Winnie Macharia, an Assistant Director Human Resource Management and Development called on the participants, who are among the total targeted 10,000 youth, to use their social media knowledge to enlighten others on online work.
Ms. Macharia asked the youth to take online work seriously as many people were reaping benefits from the undertaking.
Cooperative University of Kenya, Meru Campus, Director Mr. Peter Ndwiga lauded the government for starting the programme saying many students would benefit from it.
Ndwiga noted that the online work will assist students develop self-reliance and cushion their parents against financial demands.
Participants have appreciated the initiative and are optimistic of earning money to enable them pursue their dreams.
Ibrahim Abdi said he wants to study Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) but his parents are unable to take him to college.
He is optimistic that the programme will empower many youths who are unemployed.
Over 130 participants started the training that is seen to take five weeks with each cohort taking one week.
Source: Kenya News Agency