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Ajira Digital Program Launches to equip Online Workers and create over 1 Million jobs for youths.

The Kenyan Ministry of ICT has set up a new portal dubbed Ajira Digital Program, an intensive program to provide the relevant tools, training and mentorship required to enable Kenyan youth to work and earn an income online. Where more than 40, 000 Kenyans already engaged in online work, Kenya is the second country in Africa and 10th globally in the supply of online workers.


The program targets youth between the ages of 18-35 across the country and is supported by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Education, Science and Technology, and Foreign affairs. Others are the civil society and the private sector.


According to Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, it is projected that over one million youth in Kenya will be working online by the end of 2017.With the current extensive development of broadband infrastructure, coordinated training and mentorship by Ajira, Kenya is poised to be the world’s number one supplier of online workers in the next one year.


Youths will be earning Sh2, 200 (USD 22) for every job they do and they will only be taxed at 5 per cent. The government plans on training 350 Youth Officers across Kenya’s 47 counties to sensitize and mobilize the youth on taking up online jobs.

It will later launch constituency innovation hubs with round-the-clock internet access to allow young Kenyans to register for, download and upload their work.

The provision of working space, skills and tools to enable the youth access online work will be facilitated by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs who’s Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said this avenue of creating employment would contribute to overall economic growth in the country.

 

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