Innovative learning hub opened in Barut, Nakuru West to boost access to computer literacy skills


The first ever innovative hub dubbed ‘Ubunifu Learning Hub’ has been opened in Barut, Nakuru West Sub County to help boost computer literacy in the area.

The Hub situated at Barut Centre, Chelnet Plaza’s 1st Floor is an idea that was initiated by Co-Founders Information and Technology expert Connor Reilly (based in Chicago,USA) and Nakuru based Joab Okello.

It opened doors to learners on Monday to undertake basic computer training for free with only a registration fee of Ksh.200 while advanced computer training for Ksh.1000.

Speaking to this writer, Okello said the hub will go a long way in bridging the gap that has been in the area as far as information technology is concerned.

“In partnership with my friend Reilly we thought of coming up with this Hub so that we can empower the society by ensuring computer literacy for all” said Okello.

He added that as the world embrace ICT, concept of work changes because people will no longer depend on the traditional formal jobs hence need for youths to seize the opportunity

While noting the many opportunities in the digital world, he called on parents and guardians to support their children to embrace ICT through enrolling for such trainings at the Ubunifu Hub.

“There are many digital opportunities and that is why we urge young people to ensure they have the computer skills and knowledge and exploit the millions of jobs available in the digital space” said Okello.

Locals in the area have embraced the initiative terming it an eye opener to many opportunities for them.

Led by Jeremiah Langat, they said the project is what is needed not only in Barut but across Kenya with focus on IT manufacturing that is currently lacking.

“This is a project whose time is ripe for not only Barut but Kenya as a whole. We need to start thinking of IT manufacturing” stated Langat.

Sentiments echoed by Stanley Muchangi who urged youths to make good use of the opportunity and enroll for computer lessons.

Some of the youths led by Franciscah Cherotich and Dan Simiyu who have already enrolled for lessons at the Hub, lauded the initiative vowing to remain focused and complete their courses.

Lead tutor at the facility Ms Esther Wangeci on her part reiterated that there are many opportunities that come with computer literacy.

“There are many opportunities out there as long as you have skills in computer” she said.



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