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Amazon Web Services to train 10,000 students, across 10 higher education institutions in Kenya

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company, and the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Authority, a state corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, have partnered to upskill 10,000 students using AWS Academy.

AWS says the program will begin in June at its AWS Academy, an AWS program that empowers higher education institutions to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the cloud.

According to ICT Authority CEO, Mr. Stanley Kamanguya, “One of our mandates as ICT Authority is to promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise. In our 10-year ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032, we identified that there is a gap in the non-alignment to the industry needs by universities and colleges. The program we are announcing today with AWS aims to bridge this gap between academia and industry.”

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Kamanguya was speaking at the Connected Summit 2023 held in Diani. He further added that students can enroll in ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares them to pursue industry recognized certifications and in-demand jobs. The curriculum also helps educators stay at the forefront of AWS Cloud innovation so that they can equip students with the skills they need to get hired in one of the fastest-growing industries.

Computer Learning Centre (CLC), an AWS Training Partner in the East, West, and South Africa, will deliver AWS Training on foundational and associate levels to a group of educators to enable them to deliver AWS Academy to 10 public universities across Kenya. AWS aims to work together with organizations, education institutions, and governments to empower individuals along different professional journeys to upskill, reskill, and prepare for high-quality jobs.

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The ten universities will be selected to deliver the AWS training program to university students. The training follows the Connected Kenya 2022 summit, where the Government of Kenya launched its ten-year ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032.

“The program we are announcing today with ICT Authority will see AWS Academy provide a curriculum that helps educators at universities stay at the forefront of cloud innovation so that they can equip students with skills needed to get hired in one of the fastest-growing industries,” said Robin Njiru, the Regional Public Sector Lead for West, East, and Central Africa at AWS. “The overall objective of this program is to have more individuals that have job-ready skills needed in the workplace and eventually support the Government of Kenya in realizing a digitally enabled society which is a key outcome in ICT Digital Masterplan 2022-2032”.

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AWS is working with several organisations like Gebeya, a Pan African start-up which hosts a custom platform on AWS that is accessible online to all citizens who want to pursue technology career paths and find jobs to connect students with employment opportunities.

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Sam Wakoba
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