DigiTruck: Class is Open Anywhere
Delivering new skills and opportunities for people to shape their own future.
Learning Is A Road Paved with Obstacles
Surrounded by hills, Nandi is a remote region in Kenya characterized by a high concentration of family-run farms. Many locals have never experienced the Internet, and some have never even heard of it. Although people in remote communities like Nandi can benefit most from digital skills and connectivity, they tend to be the hardest to reach. Without a strong infrastructure and support system, the road to progress is not an easy one.
Going Where No Digital Classroom Has Gone Before
Huawei and the Belgian NGO Close the Gap have built a mobile, solar-powered classroom with the aim of bringing digital skills to under-served communities. A converted shipping container on wheels, DigiTruck can get to where it’s needed most, reaching communities that conventional classrooms can’t. Equipped with 20 laptops, 20 VR headsets, and built in Wi-Fi, each DigiTruck serves as a temporary digital school that provides free classes, resources, and materials. With courses running for up to a month, DigiTruck can help close the digital gap by expanding digital literacy.
I’m very happy to monitor the project and ensure our partners – technical and operational, as well as the beneficiaries of DigiTruck – will be streamlined, and that everyone will contribute to exceed their expectations of the project.
Managing Director of Close the Gap, Kenya
I feel satisfied because I’ve been exposed to the digital world, so I won’t feel isolated compared to the students who had been exposed earlier than me.
I learnt how to use the Internet to market my products. My family welfare has now improved.
Digital Skills: A New Journey for the People of Kenya
Since 2014, Close the Gap has worked with multiple technology partners to build six DigiTrucks covering four African countries: Kenya, South Africa, DRC, and Tanzania. Huawei’s DigiTruck is the project’s seventh truck.
An old African proverb holds that, “We go fast alone, but we go further together.” By providing connectivity and making digital skills available to everyone, we believe we can help create greater progress by reaching people no matter where they are.
From its launch in October 2019 to the end of February 2020, 796 beneficiaries had attended DigiTruck courses in 5 counties in Kenya.