Rachel Ruto lauds Airtel Kenya, Intel Community Digital Programme

The Second Lady of Kenya, Rachel Ruto endorsed the collaboration between Airtel Kenya and Intel during the launch of the Intel Mobile Caravan that is set to provide digital ICT training to communities in peri urban and rural areas.  The event was held at the Vice President’s residence in Karen.

The Intel Mobile Caravan that targets women, teachers as well as students, will provide free ICT training in collaboration with other key partners in four counties for its pilot phase.

(TOP: Second Lady of Kenya, Rachel Ruto flags off the Intel Mobile Caravan during the official partnership launch between Airtel, Intel and other key partners at her residence in Karen).

Airtel Kenya is the official connectivity partner for this initiative and will provide high speed 3G connectivity to all the 30 Intel laptops and 4 BRCK KIO kits available on the caravan.

Lauding the collaboration that is set to positively impact the lives of many women and children, Mrs Ruto said that she was honored to be part of the great initiative. “It is a great honor for me to be part of this great initiative that will see to it that communities and especially women, who are the custodians of the community, are empowered with ICT skills that will help them to advance in life. Having worked with women in various capacities, I believe that this caravan will enhance their technical skills and they will in turn apply these skills in their livelihood projects.”

“We are very grateful for the this partnership as our desire is to see all women become digital savvy. I look forward to the day when all women will be using tablets to just swipe and access all the information they need to better their lives,” Ruto added.

Airtel Kenya Legal and Regulatory Director, Joy Nyaga emphasized on the importance of internet connectivity in efforts to enrich lives in the communities.

“As more and more Kenyans continue to take advantage of the rapid development and penetration of the Internet as an authentic source of learning and business development information; it is of great importance to ensure that our communities are connected so that they can be empowered and fully engaged in the endless world of opportunities that is the Internet whilst gaining access to meaningful resources that will enrich their lives,” said Joy.

Airtel Kenya is honored to be part of this program that will impact the lives of many just as the company continues to do so through its flagship CSR program dubbed the Airtel free Internet for Schools program which has so far seen 300 schools across the country connected to free access to the Internet, thereby impacting the lives of over 250,000 students.

Other key partners in the initiative include the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) charged with ensuring coordination with schools and providing digital educational content, JoyWo (Joyful Women Organization) run by Mrs Ruto in the mobilization of women in the respective communities to attend the training sessions to be held at community centres and Global Peace Foundation which is involved in developing and executing training modules for the target audiences.

Intel Corporation has been impacting the lives of women and girls through the Intel® She Will Connect program that empowers women and girls with digital literacy thus enabling them to receive better education, enhance their political participation, have a stronger voice in their communities, and increase their income by connecting to new economic opportunities. The program has so far impacted over 150, 000 women in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa through face to face training.

The Intel Mobile Caravan which began its journey in Narok County between 4 and 10 September, was in Nairobi during the Social media week independent and will land and be stationed in Murang’a from 19  to 24 September and later move to Machakos County from 25 to 30 September 2016.

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