Digital literacy training to empower 3,400 girls every year in Kampala, Uganda

Image retrieved from Busiweek.

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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.”

Source: Busiweek