Nakuru county, Kenya, is headed for a major shift from analogue to digital transactions with plans for an I-hub that will be a brooding space for young minds.
RVIBS TVET College is participating in a global competition for a project that will see communities change lives through technology.
The competition, by US-based financial giant CITIBANK, will have winners supported to set up life changing projects in Africa.
As technology becomes a game changer world over about how communities interact and improve on ways of living, ICT skills are missing in many African Countries.
It is on this backdrop that RVIBS plans to give back to the community by empowering them with tech skills. The goal is to set up an I-hub where Generation Z (college and high school leavers) will enjoy skill-based training and mentorship.
“We are living in the age of technology. The opportunities available to the young people in Africa in the digital space are many, but they lack the necessary skills. Our dream is to see young people who are leaving college equipped with proper skills,” Partrick Mwai, the Head of ICT at RVIBS said.
RVIBS director Mr John Gitau said Africa must open its eyes to the many opportunities brought about by technology.
“Technology will be a solution to many of Africa’s problems, from job opportunities to climate change and food production. The youth problem in Africa has a solution in technology and that is why we are setting up an I-hub. The I-hub will be a replica of silcon valley,” Gitau said.
The I-hub will be a brooding ground to ensure Kenya gets tech maniacs who will revolutionize the country’s digital space.
A team of three project experts, Maria Isabella, Harry Preston and Jaime Harnandez, has been dispatched from CITIBANK to help RVIBS on this plan.
“CITIBANK is out to support entrepreneurs to grow and expand businesses that have a social impact to communities,” Preston said.