The Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs has launched the Egerton University Ajira Digital Club. The clubs are run by students and act as additional training, incubation and mentorship forums. They also facilitate students to access digital and digitally-enabled job opportunities.
The roll out of Ajira Digital Clubs is intended to take place in every higher -level institution, hence reaching more youth and expanding footprints of the Ajira Digital programme across the country.
The initiative is part of the national government broader strategy to create an environment for work generation and skills development, besides inculcating an entrepreneurship culture amongst the youth.
“We aim to equip more Kenyan youth with skills that will enable them to earn from digital and digitally-enabled jobs. We are delighted to formalize and fully operationalize yet another Ajira Digital Club to train, mentor and link youth to various online jobs and enable them to earn descent wages,” said Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of IC, Innovation and Youth Affairs. “We are looking forward to establishing more Ajira Digital Clubs within selected universities and TVETS countrywide as we work towards promoting mentorship and collaborative learning approach to finding digital work,” he added.
The Ajira Digital Clubs act as formal structures within various higher-learning institutions. They onboard new members to the Ajira Digital ecosystem where citizens get access to work readiness trainings, mentorship and visibility of job opportunities in the gig economy.
Every Ajira Digital Club in each institution has a patron and champions who organize activities involving students, opening up opportunities for them to learn new skills and venture into digital work. “We believe that this initiative will be of critical importance in our journey to reach many youths especially from our universities and TVETS. The programme also targets youth in and out of formal education systems,” Mr. Mucheru further said.
Since its launch, over sixty thousand youths have benefited from the training, mentorship and incubation programmes offered through Ajira Digital platform. They can now earn a living through online and gig works on the numerous local and international online work platforms as well as the over two hundred and forty e-commerce platforms under the Ajira Digital network.