Dr Nicholas Muraguri. Ministry of Health Principal Secretary, said that the Digital Literacy Programme will play a key role in transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy.
According to Muraguri, DLP is part of the Jubilee government’s commitment towards ensuring that children gain digital expertise that will enable then navigate the global working environment.
Muraguri was speaking Ichundwa Primary School during the launch of the Digital Literacy Programme in Lamu East Constituency when he noted that nine schools in Lamu County have benefited from the programme which is also geared towards modernising learning in Kenyan Schools.
“DLP is an enabler which ensures that Kenyan children and the youth are empowered with relevant skills which will make them competitive in the job market that now scales globally,” Muraguri said.
Lamu County has received 600 digital tablets so far with Kiunga, Shanga, Mwanjumwali, Mkomani, Lake Kenyatta, Witu and Ichundwa Primary Schools being the beneficiaries. Dr. Muraguri said:
“We are living in a digital world and the national government is keen in ensuring that children and the youth in future are well prepared for the job market,” said the Principal Secretary.
Muraguri added that, the programme is running in tandem with other infrastructure initiatives such as the Rural Electrification Programme through the last mile project which is in Lamu East is set to connect 10,000 homes with electricity, adding that schools in the constituency have already been connected with electricity and solar power.
Lamu East Member of Parliament, Athman Sharriff commended the Jubilee government for the initiative which he termed a milestone in Faza. He said: “Rural Electrification and DLP are milestone projects that will aid in modernizing Lamu East which has been a marginalized area since independence.”
The sentiments were echoed by Lamu County women representative Shakila Abdalla who termed the initiative as one of the successes of the Jubilee government throughout the country.
The DLP initiative is in the right direction and stands to accelerate the achievement of some of the economic goals of Kenya Vision 2030 development blueprint. According to John Kariuki, the economic pillar’s acting director, the ICT, agricultural, transport and financial sectors have recorded tremendous growth which has positively impacted other sectors.