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Local hub company promotes computer literacy

Makueni Technology and Innovation Hub located at Wote Green Park has aided the residents in accessing digital learning and eradicating computer illiteracy.

The Hub Manager, Alice Wambui, pointed out that there were various programmes at the facility geared at spreading ICT training to the residents.

“We have various initiatives like; Makueni innovation challenge, no code programme which involves creating websites without coding, Peperusha Maisha Programme in partnership with Missouri University in the USA, and Ajira, Tusomeei Computer Nduani alongside others,” said Wambui while speaking to KNA at Wote ICT hub.

She added that through the Tusomeei Computer Nduani, over 4, 000 youths have received free basic ICT training equipping them with essential computer skills.

“University students undertaking their Undergraduate or Masters’ programmes, innovators and high school students have been using our facility for their projects due to the serene environment available here,” added Wambui.

The manager revealed that the facility has an Information Communication Technology (ICT) center equipped with 12 computers for training, mobile app development bay, an incubation room for research, building on solutions and nurturing tech enthusiasts, and a collaboration room for interactions and idea sharing amongst IT practitioners.

“We have 14 ICT centers spread across the 30 wards in the county which are well equipped to train on digital literacy,” she said.

Wambui further stated that some of the challenges they faced were insufficient funding, drop outs by students who come from far places, poor backgrounds, and network disconnections by students during virtual learning.

By Lawrence Mwendwa and Kevin Maina

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