Finance Trust Bank in partnership with financial solutions company Craft Silicon yesterday launched a free digital education program, with a state of the art Solar Mobile Computer lab at Pan African gardens in Katwe, Kampala.
In a bid to create digital awareness and engagement in addressing the digital divide in the different communities and offer practical education to the youth, women and children, the program mostly targets rural groups in the said categories.
Officials said the program was kick started in Kampala suburbs of Katwe, Kalwere, Bwaise, Kazo and Kisenyi.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Annet Nakawunde Mulindwa, the Finance Trust Bank Managing Director revealed that the Bank is investing in this rigorous education project as part of its strategic theme of leveraging on technology in order to advance competitiveness of the next generation.
Digital literacy under this program, she said, will be taken to children, youths and women of ages 10-24 years.
Mulindwa advised the participants to take ownership of the program which she said will benefit them with the technology that will in the end bring about change in their lives and those around them.
The program basically equips these groups in the modules of; Introduction to Computers and Windows, Microsoft office applications, Software development, Hardware, networking & internet and Entrepreneurship.
The chief guest at the launch, Rebecca Kadaga the Speaker of Parliament, applauded the sponsors for bringing such a program which aims at equipping and empowering young people with modern technology.
“I am honoured to launch this mobile computer lab, the first of its kind in the country. This program will prepare and empower our young people to reach their full potential as productive members of our society,” she said.
“It will give them tools they need to distinguish themselves in the competitive global economy and will create the next generation of responsible, digital citizens to continue the progress we have already made as a nation,” said Speaker Kadaga.
Priya Budhabhatti, the CEO Craft Silicon Foundation informed the guests that digital literacy program is meant to bridge the wide divisions between those who have real access to information and communications technology and those who don’t.
Budhabhatti cited that the program has been operational in Kenya for the last 8 years having helped educate over 16,500 less privileged youth, girls and who cannot college fees.
Digital Literacy is aimed at educating over 3400 youth per year in the next 5 years, translating to digital and financial literacy women, youth and children. The 100, 000 USD project will see participants enrol for six months to fully complete the course.