Ajiradigital Training For Universities
The last week of September 2018, from 24th to 28th, saw the implementation of a pilot program through the initiative of ICT Kenya and KEPSA that sought to equip lecturers sourced from both public and private universities with knowledge about online work, at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus. The objective was to integrate the #AjiraDigital training curriculum in the higher learning institutions already existing syllabus. The purpose of the pilot program was to inform a larger roll-out intended to deliver the curriculum in over 150 Universities. ICT Kenya and KEPSA keen on ensuring that the pilot program was a success settled for Daproim Africa, which is renowned for its expertise in online work training.
It may be unclear as to why online work has been the buzz in recent times and why KEPSA and ICT Kenya have been rooting for youth to be trained on it and are now actively implementing measures that will enable it to be introduced to Universities. However, looking at statistics, it becomes clearer as to why they have tasked themselves with such a huge responsibility.
Recent statistics as evidenced by Statista places the unemployment rate in Kenya in the year 2017 at 11.47%. Ten years ago, the unemployment rate was 10.83%. From these figures,It can be deduced that over the years, there has been 0.64% increase in the unemployment rate. At the same time there has been an increase in the number of universities as well as graduates being churned out from these institutions. Inevitably this translates to an increase in the educated population grappling with an increase in the unemployment rate in the country.
The general notion is that online work is not real work and that it’s only something that supplements the income one already gets form the traditional 8 to 5 employment. This is not only untrue but also incorrect at the very least. From online work, one is able to earn enough money to cater for their basic necessities and also cover any luxuries that they may intend to indulge themselves in. The best part about online work is that it affords one the freedom that they wouldn’t be able to experience while working the traditional 8 to 5. It therefore beats all logic that this option of self-employment has not gained as much traction as it should. A lot of aspects about it are attractive.
Like everything in life, it has its challenges and the biggest probably is the frauds that are online. It is possible to be scammed easily because there is no physical meeting and someone may purport to be that which they are not. Also ranking high on the list is the difference in cultures that may cause misinterpretation of intended messages leading to frustration. A notable difficulty is also the difference in time zones and this can easily cause a person to lose track of days and eventually affect their personal lives.
This project however took all this into consideration and adequately covered all these challenges in their curriculum to enable anyone who undergoes training as guided by this curriculum to be well prepared for any challenges that they may face.
Online work is work and Daproim Africa would reiterate that and is happy to be involved in a project that is a landmark and has high probability of ending the perennial unemployment problem that has grappled our country for such a long period.