Digital literacy training to empower 3,400 girls every year in Kampala, Uganda
The Finance Trust Bank and Craft Silicon Foundation launched a free digital literacy programme to provide girls from slums in Kampala, Uganda with ICT skills training. This initiative is intended to empower girls aged 12-24 to become productive members of the knowledge society.
The digital literacy programme intends to train over 3,400 youth per year from 2018 to 2022. Participants will learn fundamental ICT skills such as using a computer and the Windows operating system, using Microsoft office applications, and developing software. Beneficiaries will also learn how to improve their entrepreneurship skills.
The training will be provided in the areas of Katwe, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Kazo, and Kisenyi. It will be delivered using a mobile laboratory that will be equipped with computers and powered by solar energy. According to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, “Equipping younger people with ICT skills will give them tools they need to distinguish themselves in the competitive global economy and it will create the next generation of responsible digital citizens to continue the progress we have already started as a nation.”