BASIC ICT SKILLS AT knls – MURANG’A BRANCH

Kenya National Library Service (knls) in partnership with Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) established ten e-resource centres with the aim of providing e-resources to rural areas and provide access of information to all.

Knls – Murang’a branch was a beneficiary of this partnership and received 10 computers, furniture, and satellite dish inclusive of free unlimited internet access. With the e-resource centres in place, knls-Murang’a launched the basic ICT skills training in April 2013. The main objective is to equip the community the library serves with IT skills as they embrace the digital era. In addition achieve the mission of enabling access of information for knowledge and transformation of livelihoods to all.

The training is carried out for a period of two months at no cost and the following topics are covered:

·         Introduction to computers

·         Ms Windows

·         Ms Word

·         Ms Excel

·         Keyboarding

·         Powerpoint

·         Publisher

·         Networking/internet/ Email

At the end of the course the candidates graduate and are awarded certificates of participation. This program has been a success as more people are willing to register for the course. The age group being the senior citizens who want to equip themselves digital skills and persons who want to enroll in the course before joining any computer colleges for advanced skills. The program has also increased the library membership registration and attendance as most of them get to walk to the library for the first time and are encouraged to utilize the facility maximally.

We are grateful to CCK and knls management for facilitating our branch with the e-resource facilities. Grateful to the dedicated staff who tirelessly carry out this program and she is dedicated to it. As from April 2013 to November 2013 out of the registered 116 persons, 84 participants have successfully completed the course and graduated. The next training resumes in January 2014.

We recommend for increase of internet broadband and installation of Wi-Fi to meet the great demand of internet usage.