Bill mandates govt to offer digital literacy training to every Kenyan

Senator Karen Njeri Nyamu has sponsored a Bill seeking to make digital literacy among citizens an obligation of government.

The government will be mandated to offer digital literacy programmes to ensure that every citizen can easily access government services if Parliament approves The Digital Literacy and Opportunities Bill, 2024.

The Bill, sponsored by Senator Karen Njeri Nyamu, will support the Government of Kenya (GoK) in planning to digitize all its services, ensuring that every citizen can easily access government services after acquiring the necessary digital skills.

The principal objective of this Bill is to provide a coordinated approach in the planning, designing, deployment and management of government digital literacy programmes within the country.

The Bill seeks to raise the digital literacy levels of citizens through the digital literacy programmes.

The Senator said it is essential for both citizens and public servants to acquire digital skills to adapt to the ever-changing tools and approaches in the digital age.

Additionally, public servants who undergo digital literacy training will be able to provide efficient digital services.

The Bill aims to address the growing demand for digital literacy, as well as bridge the digital divide in Kenya by offering programmes at both the national and county levels that validate the skills and knowledge of individuals in the use of digital technologies.

In addition, the Bill seeks to increase access to technology and the internet in low-income and rural communities by establishing community digital hubs.

If passed, the Bill will support the development of a digital economy that is inclusive and benefits all members of society, regardless of their socio-economic background.

The Bill confers on the Cabinet Secretary the power to make regulations under the Act for the purposes of carrying into effect the provisions of the Act.


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