The Goethe Institut and the Kenya National Library Service (knls) Nakuru have launched a partnership to equip young people in Nakuru with employability skills.
The partnership between the two organizations will see a total of over 30 young men and women get digital skills that will help them either secure employment or be self-employed.
At the launch of the program, Nakuru knls Chief Librarian Purity Kavuri said it was a great honour for the Goethe Institut to partner with them.
“As a library, we are in the service of the community. Our core mission is to impart on the community knowledge and skills that will change their lives for the better. Today, we’re really honoured to have Goethe Institut join us in this journey in making a better society,” said Purity.
The Goethe Institut was represented by Elizabeth Moraa who also expressed her joy at the partnership they were starting with knls. Elizabeth explained the three core focus areas of the Goethe Institut as Language, Culture and sharing knowledge of German.
“The Goethe Institut promotes knowledge of the German language and fosters international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about the cultural, social and political life of Germany,” she said as part of the introduction.
The programs dubbed “Digital learning programs for innovation and transformation of livelihoods” will commence on 7th May 2018.
Some of the courses the participants will benefit from include; Introduction to computers, HTML/CSS website design, Journalism for social change, Online Marketing and Social Media and Mobile Information Literacy.
For a start, participants will be drawn from three institutions based in Nakuru which are imparting skills on youth. The institutions are Ujima, Rafa Home Care Training Institute and Mwenge Youth Football Club.
The launch of the program coincided with the graduation of over 270 youth who have benefited from various courses offered by the Library since last year.
All the courses are offered for free.