Ajira Digital is one of the many government programs that were launched to equip the Kenyan youth with digital skills.
The program was launched by the Ministry of ICT, among other partners, and has been running for the last couple of years.
Today, the Ministry has launched the Ajira Digital Club at Western Kenya’s Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
The development is geared toward reaching more young people and expanding the scope and footprint of Ajira Digital across Kenya.
According to a statement from Ajira, the Club at the Kakamega-based university will be run by students. It will serve as a training centre, as well as an incubation and mentorship platform that will equip students with digital skills.
The AJIRA Digital Clubs serve as formal structures within the various higher-learning institutions and function to onboard new members to the AJIRA Digital ecosystem where Kenyans get access to work readiness training, mentorship and visibility of job opportunities in the gig economy
Furthermore, Every AJIRA Digital club in each institution has Ajira patrons and Ajira Club champions who will be able to organize different Ajira Club activities that are tailored towards involving all the students and opening up opportunities for them to learn new skills and venture into digital work.
A statement from Ajira reveals that over 450 young people from the University have gained from training and attended mentorship programs provided by the Ajira forum.
The Ministry seeks to empower more Kenyan Youth with skills that will enable them to earn from digital and digitally-enabled jobs. We want to create more opportunities in the gig and freelancing economy in Kenya. 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 decent wages. We are looking forward to establishing more Ajira Digital Clubs within selected Universities and TVETS countrywide as we work towards promoting mentorship and a collaborative learning approach to finding digital work. – ICT Ministry PS Jerome Ochieng’.