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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.
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.
Managing Director of Close the Gap, 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.