Konza Technopolis and Moringa School Sign MoU to Support Jitume Program

Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and Moringa School have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the design and implementation of the Jitume Skills Program in Kenya. The Jitume Skills Program is a government initiative aimed at accelerating the pathway for Kenyans to get on board the digital economy by providing a pathway to enable young people to overcome the device, skills, and opportunities barriers currently existing.

Through the partnership, young people in Kenya will now access digital skills training via the Moringa School platforms. The program provides job centers (Jitume Digital Empowerment Centers), Learning centers (Jitume-Class), and Job Linkages in partnership with private sector companies in Kenya. The program aims to enable 1 million young Kenyans to take part in digitally enabled jobs in the next 3 to 5 years.

The signed MoU between KoTDA and Moringa School will focus on the technology transfer between the two institutions and jointly expand the effort in promoting local content and customizing technologies from the world over to fit the local context. The five-year MoU will see Moringa connecting participants of Jitume who further enroll in Moringa programs to local and international employers.

Speaking at the Connected Summit 2023 in Kwale where the signing was done, Eng. John Tanui, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy, lauded the two organizations for driving digital skills development in the country for the benefit of the digital economy. He appreciated the initiative by Konza and Moringa School that will ensure that programs available at Moringa School are accessible to Jitume beneficiaries.

The youth will be able to learn and access digital skills that will propel them to access global online jobs. John Paul Okwiri, Ag. CEO of Konza, noted that the MoU is a boost to the Jitume Program which is currently being rolled out across the country. He said, “We are very grateful and happy to get this kind of support from Moringa School. We have been working with TVETs institutions, but this signing today will enable us to roll it out to the rest of the country through the institution.”

Snehar Shah, CEO of Moringa Schools, noted that the MoU builds onto their success as a training institution while supporting digital jobs creation in Kenya. He said, “Today is a milestone day for Moringa School. We have achieved a lot in creating digital talent, and this engagement will scale up these achievements going ahead.”

Moringa School is a multi-disciplinary learning-accelerator committed to closing the skills gap in Africa’s job markets by delivering transformative tech-based learning to high-potential job seekers. On graduation, they are connected to local and international employers who desire high-quality tech talent. On the other hand, Konza Technopolis Development Authority is the implementing agency for Konza Technopolis, a vision2030 flagship project that seeks to position Kenya as a knowledge-based economy and a preferred Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) destination. The city is already starting to show its impact on the country through such programs as Jitume and is expected to generate at least 17,000 direct jobs at the end of Phase One.

The Jitume Program is an initiative being implemented by the Ministry of ICT and the Digital Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor, implementing agencies namely: Konza Technopolis Development Authority, TVET Authority ICT Authority, and key partners such as Thunderbird School of Global Management and private sector Job aggregators such as Lish-AI, among others. The city is already starting to show its impact on the country through such programs as Jitume and is expected to generate at least 17,000 direct jobs at the end of Phase One.

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