Kenya's ICT Authority Launches Digital Talent Program for Marginalized Groups

By : Hikmatu Bilali

Date : vendredi, 15 septembre 2023 14:51

The adoption of technology across the continent presents numerous opportunities. Yet, realizing these opportunities hinges on equipping young people with digital skills. Many governments are creating opportunities to train their youth in this sector for development.

Kenya's ICT Authority has launched a program to promote digital skills among underrepresented groups. The program was announced in a tweet by the ICT Authority on September 12.

The initiative, the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP), aims to equip 400 young Kenyans, including women, persons with disabilities, and those in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL), with essential ICT skills.

The PDTP offers comprehensive training in network and infrastructure, software development, artificial intelligence (AI), graphic design, digital marketing, and data analysis.

The goal is to empower marginalized groups with digital skills for employment and entrepreneurship. By targeting ASAL regions, the program seeks to bridge the digital divide and ensure remote communities benefit from ICT.

Stanley Kamanguya, CEO of the ICT Authority, stressed the government's commitment to developing a skilled ICT workforce through PDTP. Digital skills play a vital role in leveraging technology across all sectors of the economy.

PDTP's comprehensive training is expected to boost Kenya's economy by diversifying the workforce. This will enable both the government and the private sector to tap into a talent pool driving innovation.

The program, set to run for 12 months, will provide participants with the expertise to thrive in the digital age. Kenya aims to become a regional hub for digital talent and innovation, fostering economic growth and inclusivity.

Kenyan nationals can apply at until October 3, 2023.

Hikmatu Bilali



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