TechInAfrica – Digital incubator and mentorship forum AJIRA Digital Club was launched in Egerton University as part of the Kenyan government initiative through the Ministry of ICT.
The Club will act as an enabler of skills development and cultivation of entrepreneurship spirit for Kenyan youths. The government said all universities and TVETS in the country will soon benefit from the digital hub as well.
“We aim to equip more Kenyan Youth with skills that will enable them to earn from digital and digitally-enabled jobs. We are delighted to formalize and fully operationalize yet another AJIRA Digital Club to train, mentor, and link youth to various online jobs and enable them to earn descent wages, Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru elaborates on the project.
“ We are looking forward to establishing more Ajira Digital Clubs within selected Universities and TVETS countrywide as we work towards promoting mentorship and collaborative learning approach to finding digital work.”
The program works like this: students themselves keep the club running, with the presence of Ajira patron and Ajira Club champions in each institution to organize the club activities, such as training, incubation, and mentorship on learning digital skills and discovering opportunities for digital jobs.
The impact of the program has been promising, over 60,000 youths have enrolled in the program and can pave their career with both global and local online gigs across 240 e-commerce platforms within the AJIRA Digital network.
“We believe that this initiative will be of critical importance in our journey to reach many youths, especially from our universities and TVETS. The program also targets youth in and out of formal education systems.”