As the world becomes increasingly digital, being to able to access technologies such as the internet and mobile phones comes with a set of new possibilities and challenges when it comes to literacy. According to UNESCO, "literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world". Kenya Friday joined other UNESCO member States in marking the 51st International Literacy Day (ILD). The Director of Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, Irreneous Kinara said the day will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world.’ National celebration of the event is being conducted at Isinya Mult
Technology is the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution and women are called the next billion or the third billion after China and India. This is reason enough to not only realize the importance of women’s inclusion in tech or more broadly speaking STEM fields; but also harnessing women’s potential to trigger growth. Comprising half of the population of the world, women’s inclusion leads to sustainable development. In many cases, men are still considered sole breadwinners so preferential treatment is given to them from the start at homes, schools right up to the corporate level. Statistics also show women are not taken seriously by companies as they tend to leave within the first decade of employment. And, when they are employed, more menial jobs are assigned to
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...
ITU’s Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from starting today 6th to 8th September 2016. The Symposium is being organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya. The information technology revolution is transforming our lives at an unprecedented pace. Embracing capacity building opportunities in the digital era can make a major contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CBS-2016 is the first global event focusing on new skill requirements in the digital era following the adoption by the world leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thought leaders from all over the world will provide insights on how education and training in the field of ICTs
Africa Union Commission (AUC) is involved in yet another unnecessary scandal, a guest blockage case. Last week on 24th April 2014 Sophia Bekele the DCA Executive Director was supposed to give a KeyNote remark at the annual Girl's ICT day on 24th April 2014 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia at the invitation of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), along with other dignitaries. According to an online source CIO, Ms Bekele was to deliver her speech after the opening remarks by ITU’s Regional Director of Africa Andrew Rugege as well as Bethelhem Tilahum, MD, soleRebels. Bekele was to be followed by Dr Elham M.A. Ibrahim, AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. However, just before she could deliver her speech, Bekele alleges that the AU – through its Infrastructure Commi