Huawei’s DigiTruck set to boost digital inclusion
What you need to know:
- Connected by 4G, each DigiTruck can accommodate 20 learners in one session and comes equipped with the Huawei IdeaHub smart screen, 21 Huawei smartphones, and 21 Huawei laptops, all of which run on solar power installed on top of the truck.
President Museveni officially launched a Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda on March 8, that will provide free digital skills training for more than 10,000 beneficiaries over three years.
With the launch taking place at an event celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) in Kiruhura District, the DigiTruck project falls under the umbrella of Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative, the company’s long-term action plan for driving inclusion and sustainability across the globe.
President Museveni through his tweet about the Huawei DigiTruck, said: “I launched the Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda. A project that will benefit over 10,000 Ugandans in a span of three years especially jua-kali, enterprise owners, women, young girls aand students through Digital Skilling.”
He added, “Digital transformation is one of the key drivers of effective human capital development, it therefore gives me pleasure to launch this Huawei project.”
In line with the IWD theme of ‘DigitAll: Innovation for a gender equal future’ and Uganda’s national theme of ‘Equal Opportunities in Education, Science Technology for Innovation and a Gender Equal Future’, a priority beneficiary of the TECH4ALL initiative and the Uganda DigiTruck project is youth, Jua-Kali and women.
“Digitisation of Jua-Kali enterprises will create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the informal sector as it will enable small businesses to participate in regional and national trade. It will expand the customer landscape and allows businesses to provide clients with a greater range of services and products. The training will also improve financial inclusion through improved ability to operate mobile money operations. The training will expand employment opportunities especially in rural areas, secretarial services among others,” said Col. Rtd Okello P. Charles Engola, the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations.
Running in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, and an international social enterprise Close the Gap, the Uganda DigiTruck project is aligned with the nation’s 2040 vision, National Development Plan, and Education Digital Agenda Strategy. These initiatives will promote digital foundation skills, digital communications and information, digital transactions, using the Internet for problem-solving, online safety, civic responsibility, and data privacy, which will promote digitalisation of the Informal Sector enterprises for productivity and job growth.