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Mandera begins free digital training

A Mandera youth group has started a training program that will see school going pupils and form four leavers enhance computer skills.

While speaking during the launch, Abdia Nulia, the leader of the youths, said they aim to give primary school pupils knowledge to prepare them take up computer technology courses after high school.

Among courses that the learners will get are e-commerce, data base management, digital marketing and basic computer packages. Basic coding skills will be induced to primary school children to help them grow interest in hard science courses.

Nulia disclosed some 15 secondary students and 20 primary going children have started benefiting from the program. She said the program will help reduce crime in the region.

“Our youths will now be kept busy and away from drug abuse and joining criminal gangs,” said Nulia. She added, “Over 70 per cent of our youth remain unemployed which lure them into joining criminal gangs including the Al Shabaab. This program will also give skills in online working modules.”

Mohamed Hussein a member of the group, said the program is in line with the government’s vision 2030 for a digitalised society. He said though the program is financially handicapped, they will do anything to help more learners get the training.

Hussein Abdi, a beneficiary, thanked the initiators of the program saying it will help them grow digital skills.

By Dickson Githaiga

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