Students have been urged to utilize emerging digital platforms as a means of nurturing their career growth and progression.
Machakos County Executive in charge of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dr Hellen Kiilu noted that despite the challenges that come with digital data usage, students can still exploit it in accessing skills that can be beneficial to them and the country even after leaving school.
“Internet has its own challenges and advantages that come in equal measure. However as learners, you must learn to exploit this technology in a way that will enhance your academic growth and boost future career growth,” said Dr Kiilu.
She was speaking on Wednesday at the Machakos School during the launch of Airtel Free Internet for Schools Programme.
She further advised learners against restricting themselves to particular careers while disregarding others which seem inferior and urged students to be diverse in their choice of areas of specialty.
She said while specialization is a noble idea for any student in school, Dr Kiilu nevertheless said students should be advised against the tendency of relating certain fields such as ICT with ultimate success.
“Let us learn to create our own growth plan without necessarily viewing particular courses as roads to success. It is true some professions appear lucrative when compared with others but not everybody will become a doctor, a software expert or a teacher for that matter,” she emphasised.
She urged the government to support provision of ICT skills in schools countrywide right from kindergarten adding that the future solution to global challenges lies in acquisition of such skills.
The official thanked Airtel Kenya alongside other stakeholders for their support in introducing the free internet services for schools and said the County government was ready and committed to ensuring its success.
Information Cabinet Secretary Joel Mucheru who was the chief guest during the occasion said the government was committed to partnering with Airtel and other stakeholders to ensure the move is a success.
“We laud Airtel Kenya for using Machakos County as a launching pad in providing free internet services for schools in Kenya. I am glad to note that Airtel is targeting 23 schools within this county alone with nine of them having already been connected in the programme which targets one million students by the end of this year, “added the Cabinet Secretary.
He challenged the students to take advantage of the noble gesture by pursuing skills that will be beneficial to them in the long run. He said that internet platforms provide a solution to many global challenges.
Airtel CEO Mr Adil El Youessefi said the company has projected to connect 23 schools within the county with internet with nine schools already covered.
The Airtel Internet for Schools was launched in 2014 November to allow students a free 24-hour internet service.
Through the programme, students are able to access unlimited amount of relevant education information available online.
Others in attendance included Information PSs Sammy Itemere, Victor Chalo and Machakos County Commissioner Julius Mathenge.
By Samuel Maina