11 national winners to represent Kenya in Huawei’s global ICT challenge
By Victor Magunamu, Kenya
Huawei Kenya has awarded 11 top students who emerged as national winners in the 2018 Global ICT Skills Competition.
The winners drawn from various universities in the country are now slated to attend the competition’s regional round to be held in South Africa at the end of the month.
The global competition will later be held in China where continental finalists will battle for the top position.
The competition, launched in July this year, saw more than 4,000 IT students register at the preliminary stages from 40 universities across Kenya where 600 were selected for training after a competitive selection process.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Li Xuhang, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Kenya praised Kenyan students for participating in the contest to enhance and grow their ICT skills.
“To empower the youth is to empower the whole nation and that explains what Huawei is celebrating, to build human capacities. I encourage all the young students to grasp opportunities presented by innovative technologies such as ICT to nurture home grown global companies in Kenya," Xuhang said.
“Huawei has demonstrated its commitment to leading digital transformation in Kenya through investing in young people by empowering them with the necessary knowledge and providing them with platforms and opportunities to sharpen their IT skills,” said Jerome Ochieng, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of ICT.
This is the first time the ICT competition is being held in this region.
Launched in 2015, the competition invites ICT students from all over the world to test their ICT capabilities, and provides a platform for the exchange of skills and experiences.
Kennedy Muthaura from Zetech University emerged as the champion of the national final and received a Huawei Matebook laptop as a prize for his excellent performance. Other winners come from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Meru University and University of Nairobi.
The competition is taking place in more than 10 sub-Saharan Africa countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia.
This program is just one of many that Huawei has focused on nurturing young ICT skills talents to address skill shortages, stimulate employment, and support the country’s digital transformation.
Other initiatives include the Digital Literacy initiative for rural citizens getting broadband for the first time, Digital skills for life (DSL) program for four-four leavers, Seeds for the Future program for undergraduates, Graduate Training program, and support for the Presidential Digital Talent program (PDTP).