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Monday, 9 September 2013

The progress of ICT training at Ng’arua Maarifa Centre

By Bob Aston

Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) received Access to Learning Award by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011.The Award is given each year by the foundation's Global Libraries initiative, the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet.
Analysis of trainees by age group
The Award enabled ALIN to start free ICT training in all Maarifa Centres in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The training present opportunities for marginalized rural communities to become ICT savvy. Training is open to everyone, and has attracted a wide range of students including government department workers, primary and secondary pupils and teachers, Form four leavers, youths, farmers, school dropouts and local administrators among others.

Analysis of trainees by occupation
The packages offered include Introduction to computer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Internet and Email.

Since November 2012 Ng’arua Maarifa Centre has trained two hundred and sixty eight (268) trainees. Male trainees are one hundred and fifty (150) while their female counterparts are one hundred and eighteen (118). Form four leavers consist of the highest number of trainees at 58 % while businessmen and women are the lowest at 9 %. The highest represented age group is 19-25 years as they make up 62 % of the trainees while those above 60 years consist of less than 1 % of the total trainees.

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