Government Expands Civil Servants Digital Training

Some 784 civil servants on 20th November graduated after successfully completing a one week ICT training organized by Huawei in collaboration with the ICT Authority. Among them were 514 non-technical staff and 270 technical staff from 100 public sector organizations including county governments, parastatals, and national government agencies countrywide.

Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Joe Mucheru, noted the importance of investing in human capital and partnering with those at the forefront globally of technology to provide content.The capacity building training was categorized into two cohorts, covering the technical and non-technical training.

The technical training aimed at improving the participants’ knowledge of the latest technologies including cloud, AI, IoT, big data, network security, digital economy, e-government, and smart cities among other ICT trends. The non-technical training focused on basic knowledge on ICT transformation, cybersecurity and information security.Each trainee was required to complete coursework over a period of one week as well as particulate in live training and take exam certifications.

Mucheru introduced the country’s Digital Economy Strategy, for which skills and values are critical pillars.“Capacity building has always been a priority for our Ministry, but this year we have elevated it to even higher level, taking advantage of the enhanced connectivity to provide more online training to staff from all over the country,” he said.

“We are providing skills and knowledge to ensure public servants and citizens can be secure online, understand the latest ICT trends, championing for the roll-out of more e-government solutions and learn about how to use emerging technologies.” He said this has become more important as the digital economy grows and the fourth industrial revolution takes off. “We need to be able to take advantage of emerging technologies such as AI, distributed ledgers, cloud infrastructure, robotics, 5G, and the internet of things to spur the socio-economic growth of our country,” said Mucheru.

Huawei remains has held other training programmes that have benefitted tens of thousands of participants over the years. These include supporting the Ministry of ICT’s Ajira program and Presidential Digital Talent Program as well as the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Competition, Seeds for the future Program, and Digitruck programme.Huawei Kenya CEO, Will Meng stated that “the civil servant training was one of the aspects of a multi-pronged capacity building partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of ICT and we will continue to expand this programme in the future”.Through the partnership, he said, Huawei seeks to make Kenya not only a leader in Africa but globally.

This, along with good ICT infrastructure and skills, can create jobs and provide efficient public services for every Kenyan.Certificates and trophies were awarded to trainees who showcased overall exemplary performance during the training. Lily Mwendwa, an Assistant ICT Officer at the ICT Authority took first place award for the technical training, and Bernard Munyiri Matu, a Senior ICT Officer at Laikipia County Government, topped in the non-technical training.

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