The ICT Authority, Kenya and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will among other things see Microsoft offer Support in providing a platform that will enable ICT Skills training for up to 300,000 teachers. The training will include proficiency in Microsoft Technologies, Microsoft Teach with Technology courseware and accreditation as Microsoft Certified Educators.
According to a news release by ICTA, the MOU forms part of the Government of Kenya’s priorities to grow the local knowledge economy.
Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of ICT revealed: “Building local ICT capacity forms an important part of our Kenya Vision 2030 and shift from a labour-based to a middle-income, knowledge economy. The ICT Masterplan also recognises that to be a leader in ICT we need to up the skills of our workforce.
By collaborating with partners such as Microsoft, we are intent to fast-track the development of local ICT skills, empowering working professionals, providing access to broadband and promoting small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya”.
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and President for Microsoft Middle East & Africa, Ali Faramawy said: “Investing in Africa’s skills for both entrepreneurship and employability is key in helping Africans find and create jobs to promote inclusive economic growth and we look forward to working with the Ministry of ICT on this”.
As part of the MOU, Microsoft also intends to support with ICT policy training to government officials, helping them to integrate ICT into their programs.