Stakeholders Team Up to Bridge Digital Skills Gap in Country

Kenya’s Citizen Digital Skills Program on Track to Bridge Digital Divide

ICT stakeholders in Kenya are working on developing the Citizen Digital Skills Program (CDSP), one of the main pillars of the country’s National Digital Master Plan (2022-2032). The program aims to foster the contributions of ICT in accelerating economic growth by bridging the digital divide and boosting the country’s digital economy.

The CDSP is on track following the identification of five key ICT subjects: foundation, basic, intermediate, advanced digital skills, and public sector workforce digital skills. A meeting convened by the ICT Authority in collaboration with the British Council, UKAid, education institutions, and development partners brought together over 200 experts to discuss the curriculum and consolidate feedback ahead of the official launch.

The final approved curricula will target to train 20 million Kenyans by 2030. The curriculum is focused on addressing digital skills gaps, employment, and business opportunities. It also intends to enhance Kenyan citizens’ competencies in effectively participating in the digital economy.

Quotes

  • Stanley Kamanguya, CEO of the ICT Authority, said at the workshop that the curriculum will help to prepare a labor force that is ready for the digital economy. He called for more partnerships to develop a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the basic needs of digital skills.
  • Charles Juma, Digital Access Programme Manager and Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), UK Aid, noted their commitment to support the curriculum development for unified, standard programs that will make the program a success. He further added that the development would create a unique and professionally certified curriculum used by everyone.
  • Gladys Gatiba, Project Manager of the Skills for Inclusive Digital Participation (SIDP) Project at the British Council, said that the workshop was timely and important to drive the conversation on digital skills. She said that they will be seeking to collaborate and drive the agenda of developing the digital skills curriculum which is important in the country’s digital economy agenda.

The Way Forward

The CDSP is a major step forward in Kenya’s efforts to bridge the digital divide and boost the country’s digital economy. The successful implementation of the program will require the collaboration of all stakeholders, including the government, the private sector, and civil society. With the right support, the CDSP has the potential to transform the lives of millions of Kenyans and help to build a more prosperous and inclusive digital future for the country.

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