dsc02594Vusha Empowerment Programme has reached over 3,710 people in Machakos and 40,960 countrywide.

The African Center for Women Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) in partnership with the County Government of Machakos, The Rockefeller Foundation and Microsoft Corporation held the 2nd Vusha Youth Empowerment Program graduation ceremony at ABC Bomani Church Grounds in Machakos.

A total of 258 graduates received certification, on technical skills (Information Technology Essentials, Online Work and Coding), Life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills having successfully completed training.

The event was presided over by The County Executive Committee member, Ministry of Education, Youth and Social Welfare Ms. Faith Wathome Kithu.

machakos-2nd-vusha-graduationMs. Wathome applauded the beneficiaries for their commitment to acquiring a new skill especially in IT that sets them apart from their peers. She went further to encourage the graduates to strive and extend their limits beyond scope in order to make a difference in society.

“It’s only you that can determine your destiny, the world does not really care how many times you fall down, it’s up to you to get up and get on with it,” she said.

She also reminded the beneficiaries that as they set out, they should focus on a bright future and at no moment should they let their past define who they were.

Ms. Constantine Obuya, Executive Director ACWICT, in her speech stressed on need to pursue further studies in the certification they have received.constantine-graduation-machakos

“Note the journey ahead for what you have is just but a few steps of the Cisco certification. I wish you well make sure you save, advance your education and become a Cisco Engineer” said Ms. Obuya.

She also explained to the graduates that they certificate they have been awarded is globally recognized, as such gives them the opening to explore opportunities within and outside the country.

machakos-2nd-vusha-graduation4Despite the gloomy weather, the graduates dazzled in red, white and black attires, and they certainly could not hide their joy from the empowerment that they had received.

“I was idle at home after completing Form 4, because my parents could not pay school fees, but thanks to the training I am now able to use digital technology to pursue further studies even without getting into a classroom,” said James Kavui, a Vusha YEP beneficiary.

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