NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Chinese technology firm, Huawei, on Monday launched a
competition to boost digital literacy skills among Kenyan youth
enrolled in universities and mid-level colleges.
The Huawei ICT
Competition 2018-2019, first of its kind in Kenya, aims to
provide high-end skills in modern information and communication
technologies (ICT) to the burgeoning youth in the East African
“Kenya is one of the
leading countries in Africa for producing some fantastic
technology innovations. There are many highly talented
technology students and graduates which we know will be able to
compete strongly on a global stage,” said Su Shuqi, the training
and Certification Manager of Huawei Kenya.
The previous edition
of Huawei ICT contest attracted 40,000 applicants from 800
universities in 32 countries globally while the 2018-2019
version is expected to attract 50,000 contestants in 50
countries during the preliminary stage.
In Kenya, the
contest will be embedded in Huawei’s ICT Academy program that
has roped in leading institutions of higher learning to advance
digital skills among the youth.
“We are keen to see
Kenyan students representing their country in the international
stage, and we are sure they will benefit a lot from
participating in various rounds of competition,” Su remarked.
So far, 12 Kenyan
universities are part of the Huawei’s initiative to enhance
uptake of ICT learning and accelerate the country’s transition
to knowledge based economy.
Samuel Kinuthia, a
lecturer and Huawei Certified Academy Instructor at
Nairobi-based Zetech University, said that students have
embraced the ICT skills contest given its potential to enhance
their employability in the digital economy.
“The response for
the Huawei Competition from students was very good. They
participated in the registration process and are excited with
the exposure and opportunities they will get during and after
the competition,” said Kinuthia.
He said Kenyan
contestants were keen to participate in the international finals
of the 2018-2019 Huawei ICT competition to be held in China.