Caption: Kajiado GOT talent group with members of the county government. Some of the youth group leaders are beneficiaries of the digital literacy mentorship program.
An NGO and a community-based organisation have partnered in Kajiado County to train adolescent girls and youth to acquire digital market skills.
The two have partnered and are implementing in the county a digital literacy empowerment program under the name; Smart Resource Centre for Adolescent Girls (SCRAG) for youth in and out of school.
They are; Empower and Serve Kenya Digital Literacy Program (NGO) and HELGA Centre (CBO) who have come together to support them acquire digital literacy, entrepreneurship skills, career and enterprise development.
Other programmes include; innovation nurturing, linkages to youth opportunities globally and escalating their participation in national development.
Speaking to KNU, Empower Kenya Director Martin Irungu said the program is housed at Grace Nanana Education Centre in Kajiado town under HELGA project and focuses on bridging the digital divide gap among the youth and it’s a holistic training that encompasses coverage of 28 modules.
Irungu said the packages also include skills in entrepreneurship, career guidance, and communication skill models, etc.
“These modules can be covered in a month but due to the number of cohorts we have to create a schedule of training sessions on alternate days in a week,” Irungu told KNU.
He said they have managed to train 55 trainees in the last four 4 months before April. The first batch of beneficiaries graduated at the end of last month.
HELGA Centre Executive Director, Priscilla Nangurai said the graduation entails the issuance of certificates, exhibition of showcases of what the participants have learned during the training period.
“This sustainable development programme enhances youth creativity, innovation, and leadership geared towards societal transformation,” said Nangurai.
It also helps to promote youth-start-ups and bringing out the desirable scale-ups among the youth, she added.
Digital trainer in the program, Felistus Nashipae said the training also enhances effectiveness on how young people give back to their communities through wider worthy circles of development locally, and globally.