The Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) Kenya and Microsoft have signed an MOU that will see the latter offer support aimed at providing a platform to enable ICT skills training for close to 300,000 teachers.

The agreement, according to news release from ICTA, forms part of Kenyan government’s priorities to grow the local knowledge economy and proposes training in areas such as Microsoft technologies, Microsoft’s Teach, with technology courseware and accreditation as Microsoft certified educators.

“By collaborating with partners such as Microsoft, we intend to fast-track the development of local ICT skills, empowering working professionals, providing access to broadband and promoting small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya”, Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of ICT said.

Microsoft plans to support with ICT policy training to government officials, helping them to integrate ICT into their programs.

“Investing in Africa’s skills for both entrepreneurship and employability is key in helping Africans find and create jobs to promote inclusive economic growth,” Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President, and Microsoft Middle East & Africa said.

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