Teachers Service Commission Launches Digital Skills Training Program for Citizens and Public Servants

The Teachers Service Commission in Kenya has launched a digital skills training program aimed at empowering citizens and public servants with basic digital skills. The program, part of the government’s National Digital Master Plan, will train millions of participants and enhance their ability to access government e-services.

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Government initiative aims to empower 20 million citizens with basic digital skills

Nairobi, March 26, 2024 – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in Kenya has announced the launch of a comprehensive digital skills training program for citizens and public servants. The initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Communications and the Digital Economy, aims to empower over 20 million citizens with basic digital skills, enabling them to effectively access and utilize government e-services.

Under the “Kenya National Digital Master Plan 2022-2032,” the government has recognized the importance of equipping citizens with digital skills in today’s digital age. The program will offer a curriculum comprising of short courses that cover Foundation, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced digital skills, with a specific focus on public sector digital skills.

In Phase 1 of the program, the TSC, in partnership with a consortium of ICT training organizations from both the public and private sectors, NGOs, and accredited training institutions, plans to train approximately 5 million citizens. Participants will be required to self-sponsor the training at a fee of Ksh.2,500/= (two thousand five hundred shillings only) per person for basic digital skills. Upon completion and assessment, participants will receive a government-issued certificate, validating their newly acquired skills.

The TSC is urging all teachers, Secretariat Staff, and Grade 8 pupils to take advantage of this opportunity and register for the program. By enhancing their digital skills, participants will be better equipped to navigate the digital landscape and access government e-services seamlessly.

Dr. Nancy Njeri Macharia, the Secretary/Chief Executive of the TSC, emphasized the importance of digital skills in today’s world and encourages citizens to embrace this training program. She expressed her hope that the initiative would contribute to a digitally empowered society, capable of leveraging technology for personal and professional growth.

The TSC has directed all Regional Directors, County Directors, and Sub-County Directors to ensure the dissemination of this circular to all teachers in their respective jurisdictions, further emphasizing the importance of digital skills development.

Citizens and public servants interested in participating in the program can register online at the provided link: https://www.smartacademy.go.ke.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, this initiative by the TSC marks a significant step in bridging the digital skills gap and empowering citizens with the necessary tools to thrive in the digital era.

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