Machakos TTI for the Blind to access online education via Jitume Hub initiative

ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo
ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo

Students at Machakos University and the Machakos Technical Training Institute (TTI) for the Blind can now access online education and business opportunities through the Jitume Hub program, a joint initiative by the Kenyan national government and the government of Belgium.

The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy, Eliud Owalo, inaugurated two digital hubs on Friday.

“This program, designed to establish 1450 digital hubs in Technical and Vocational Training institutions (Tvets), aims to empower students to earn while they study, creating a target of 15,000 digital jobs in each constituency,” Owalo stated.

Machakos Technical Training Institute for the Blind students entertain guests during the commissioning of Jitume hub at the institution on November 10th,2023.

He emphasized that the investment in infrastructure is intended to reach citizens at the grassroots level through the 1450 digital hubs and 25,000 public WIFI connections, fostering economic growth in e-commerce and the digital economy.

“These two Jitume labs will provide online job opportunities for the youth in this county, and we will begin with capacity building on how to access these online jobs,” Owalo stated.

The Cabinet Secretary highlighted the crucial role of partnerships with development partners in positioning Kenya as a global leader in the Digital Economy.

The government team, led by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, also launched phases 4 and 5 of the Last Mile County Connectivity project.

“This initiative aims to connect all county headquarters and government offices to the internet through the National Cyber Optic Backbone Infrastructure,” he stated.

Koskei projected that by January 2024, the government would transition to a paperless system to enhance efficiency in service delivery across over 3000 connected government institutions.

By Stephen Muthini

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