The Government plans to establish constituency innovation hubs in all the 290 constituencies.
According to the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology Joe Mucheru, this project is designed to enable the youth to access on-line jobs through the Ajira Digital portal.
The establishment of these digital hubs which will also involve the partnership of the government and the Members of Parliament will see the government providing the technology centres with free wi-fi connections while the Members of Parliament will use the resources allocated to them to equip the centres.
Mucheru said the centres are vital as they will help young people in their freelancing careers and community members to access online work and information for smooth decision making.
Mucheru said The hubs will act as a national support network that will enable the young people to access training, digital devices, mentorship and job opportunities through the Ajira Digital portal www.ajira digital .go.ke.
He said online work supports millions of people around the world and Kenyans can benefit from similar opportunities to bridge employment gaps.
The CS further noted that the government’s objective is to ensure that by December this year the program supports at least one million youth to find and earn a decent wage from on-line employment.
Mucheru said the Ministry of ICT in partnership with the Ministries of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Education and Foreign Affairs, partners in civil society and private sector developed the Ajira Digital program to bridge the gap between skills demand and lack of jobs.
The CS was speaking during the official opening of the Ajira Digital at the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) in Nairobi.
Mucheru said the program will also provide the young people with tools, training and mentorship skills needed for online work.
The one week training organized by the Ministry of ICT in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation was attended by at least 171 youths from across the country.
The training which is taking place this month in Nairobi, Meru, Nakuru, Mombasa, and Kisumu will see at least 10,000 young people benefitting in the next five weeks.
Source: Kenya News Agency