The Kenyan government is boosting the skills of its employees’ with digital skills, a move meant to ensure they can be more productive.
Through the initiative, 784 civil servants graduated after successfully completing a one week ICT training organized by Huawei in collaboration with the ICT Authority. Among them were 514 non-technical staff and 270 technical staff coming from 100 public sector organizations including county governments, parastatals, and national government agencies countrywide.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Mr. Joe Mucheru, CS, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs introduced the country’s Digital Economy Strategy, of which skills and values are one critical pillar, and stated “Capacity building has always been a priority for our Ministry, but this year we have elevated it to even higher level, taking advantage of the enhanced connectivity to provide more online training to staff from all over the country. We are providing skills and knowledge to ensure public servants and citizens can be secure online, understand the latest ICT trends, championing for the roll-out of more e-government solutions and learn about how to use emerging technologies.”
The technical training aimed at improving the participants’ knowledge on the latest cutting edge technologies including cloud, AI, IoT, big data, network security, digital economy, e-Government and smart cities among other ICT trends.
The non-technical training focused on basic knowledge on ICT transformation, cybersecurity and information security. Each trainee was required to complete coursework over a period of one week as well as particulate in live training and take an exam certifications.
Huawei Kenya CEO, Mr. Will Meng stated that “the civil servant training was one of the aspects of a multi-pronged capacity building partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of ICT and we will continue to expand this programme in the future”.