The national government will in the next three months train more than 10,000 youths on how to make money online.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru said to promote the country as a capital of global freelance hub.
He said the Ajira Digital programme aims at introducing young people to online work and providing them with the necessary skills, mentorship and tools to enable them to work and earn a decent income.
“We will make deliberate efforts to raise the profiles of online work and promote Kenya as a capital of global freelance hub,” the CS said on Saturday.
He spoke when he inspected the Digital Literacy Programme at Technology Primary School in Maragua
Mucheru said the government’s goal is to enable more than one million youths earn above the minimum wage from the digital platform every year.
He said more than 40,000 Kenyans are currently working online and earning good income.
Mucheru also said the government plans to set up technology centres called Constituency Innovation Hubs in all the 290 constituencies.
“Every constituency will initially have one centre, which will eventually be increased to four. This will bring the total to 1,160 innovation hubs by the end of the project,” he said.
Mucheru said MPs will identify the four sites in their constituencies, while the national government will provide financing for installation.
The centres will enable young people in rural areas access free internet.
The government is also setting up digital recording studios across the country. The project will be known as Studio Mashinani.
Mucheru said the government will initially establish fives studios in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Machakos.
“The studios will offer opportunity to the youth to record and distribute their creative music, poetry, comedy, commercials among others and generate employment,” he said.
The government has also invested in the deployment of terrestrial fiber connectivity in all the 47 counties headquarters through the National Fiber Backbone Infrastructure.
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