Lamu, KENYA: A group of 150 women from Lamu County have graduated from the Lamu Polytechnic after successfully completing a computer literacy course sponsored by the county government of Lamu on Friday.
The 150 that consisted of young girls and women aged between 18 to 35, were awarded their completion certificates by Lamu governor Issa Timamy who graced the colorful event as the chief guest.
Addressing the graduates during the event,Timamy said the county government was keen to improve literacy levels among women in the county in order to enable them to effectively compete for equal employment opportunities with their male counterparts.
The governor said apart from the 150 graduates,the county government also plans to sponsor more women to pursue similar programmes in January 2017.
Beneficiaries of the computer literacy programme are from Lamu,Mpeketoni,Hindi,Mokowe,Witu,Faza and Kizingitini in Lamu East and West.
“Our objective is to ensure women here are equipped with the necessary skills to enable them get jobs and even open businesses in this current wake of technology and digitization. We shall strive to continue sponsoring even more women in such programmes,”said Timamy.
Lamu county Education Director Hafswa Difini urged beneficiaries to use the acquired skills to better their lives.
In November this year,another batch of 165 women also graduated at the same institution after successfully pursuing a computer literacy programme sponsored by the county government in conjunction with the Pioneer Institute.