ALIN Awarded 2011 Access to Learning Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

James Nguo, ALIN Regional Director, rejoices after the announcement in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: © BMGF

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Free ICT training enable youth secure jobs

Gladys Kariiri finished her Secondary education in 2011 at Gankanga secondary school. When she finished school there was nobody who could have advised her on career development because most of her class mates got married immediately they completed their secondary level. Tharaka division of Mumoni district is challenged by the infrastructure since there is not even an edge mobile network and hence the resident are cut out from the neighboring districts i.e. Mbeere to the west and south east. 

One day her former teacher came to their home stead and informed her that he overheard that Kyuso Maarifa centre was offering free ICT training. The teacher had to work for 87kilometres to Kyuso to register Kenya certificate of Primary education (KCPE) candidates when he got the news.   

So when she heard of a free ICT training opportunity being offered at Kyuso Maarifa Centre, Gladys saw this as a God send opportunity. She made every arrangement possible to make sure she was in the next class. She travelled rented a house for 2 month for she could not travel for 87km every day. She saw that as a golden chance to gain skills, look for employment and save money to do diploma in psychology.

Here, she got trained on five computer packages which included; Ms Word, Ms excel Internet and e-mail, Ms Power point and introduction to technology.
After undergoing the training for two months, she was proud to graduate and awarded with a certificate which she says marked the start of her success. First she was successful in independent electoral and boundary commission (IEBC) interviews where she was a polling clerk. It wasn’t long before she secured a current employment at Musyoka Computer services in Kyuso town. 

Here, her duties include; typesetting, printing, photocopying, photography (passport).  
“The training was excellent because we had a qualified trainer, he was good at identifying each trainees need, strength and weakness” The 2 month training by ALIN through Kyuso Maarifa Centre changed my life completely because I was able to gain practical skills that am using in my current job,” Says a proud Gladys. .
Ms. Kariiri congratulates ALIN for giving her chance to advance her career positively. Whenever she has a problem she doesn’t hesitate to call Maarifa centre staffs since she says are very professional and friendly  

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