By Ndune Mwaringa
Huawei has unveiled an advanced East Africa Regional Training Centre to offer apt telecommunications training, and display a variety of their ultra-modern gadgets.
In a ceremony held earlier this month at the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) in Nairobi, it has aligned with highly skilled local instructors to provide training to university students, government ICT officers, telecommunications operators, and network contractors.
“Talent is the industry’s most important resource and we need to invest in the skills and development of the ICT sector. I would like to commend Huawei for cultivating and nurturing talent which will in turn bridge the gap of existing knowledge and skills in Kenya,” Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, Principal Secretary Ministry of Education encouraged.
The centre is now decorated with cutting-edge technological equipment for a more hands-on and practical approach in their training and in offering telecommunication solutions.
Established in 2008, the Huawei East Africa Regional Training Centre has offered training to over seven thousand people contributing to the talent development in ICT across the region.
The centre has since recamped over the years and focused on infrastructural development such as antennas, solar and hybrid energy installations, poles for aerial fibre, manholes for underground fibre and even a mock-up living room for learning how to install home fibre and Wi-Fi.
The ICT sector has witnessed robust growth, especially during the pandemic. According to statistics provided by the Communications Authority, the 4G network coverage now exceeds that of 2G and covers most of the population, with the rate of fibre being built to homes increasing at a quarter each year.
The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT Jerome Ochieng identified that the skill gaps across all industries are poised to grow in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the draft Digital Economy Strategy 2021 calling for a renewed focus on developing skills and values for all Kenyans to meet the expertise required for the digital economy.
He appreciated Huawei’s support, commending Huawei’s commitment to build and equip the training facility to upskill and reskill our local workforce.
Prof. David Mburu who was representing Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the Vice-Chancellor Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) asserted that through the centre Huawei will empower manpower in the country and the region by providing relevant ICT skills and training necessary in the digital world to enable them to participate fully in economic, social and cultural development.
The launching of the centre was also attended by Huawei Southern African Vice Presidents Mr. Duan Xue Peng and Mr. Frank Yang, East Africa Director at UNESCO Ms Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta.