DigiTruck: Class is Open Anywhere
Delivering new skills and opportunities for people to shape their own futures.
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.
This was the first time I was taught how to use a computer and it’s had a real impact on me. Now things are much easier and I’m planning to set up my own business using technology.
Carolyn Mbeneka Onesmus
The class was very interesting and has given me an essential life skill. The truck was well-maintained and I found it a really conducive environment to learn in.
The expert trainers helped me learn a variety of skills. I really want to use the knowledge to help my friends and family, so they can join the digital world too.
Jairus Rop Kiptoo
Digital poverty is a real challenge in Kenya. This program unites a range of organizations willing to get together and support those who need help most.
Managing Director, Close the Gap, Kenya
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, DigiTruck in Kenya has provided over 25,000 hours of digital training to more than 1,500 beneficiaries in 6 counties.