The Digital Innovations and Skills Hub (DISH) in Kenya graduated her first set of students on February 13th, 2023. The three months program was designed to increase enrolment in certificate education to increase employment possibilities.
The objective of the DISH program in Kenya according to Prof Jacinta M. Adhiambo, the DVC Academic at Tangaza University College is to increase student enrollment in certificate education.
“It is really a pleasure to see this program come to fruition. We were hoping the project will connect more people with the next stage of their careers. Congratulations to all the students for participating, you have shown how much you can do with little. I am hoping this will be the first step of many achievements and will provide the steps for your future growth”, said Ms. Klara Smit, Project Manager for
The students were taught virtually for 3 months and were equipped with employability skills in Computer Science, Primary School Teaching, Community Health, Community Mental Health, and Business Administration.
The DISH Coordinator at Tangaza University College Fr. Innocent was excited at the successful completion of the program, “I would like to thank all the partners from South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and all NUFFIC Partners. We have seen how much we can do when we pull our resources together. I would like to thank the Dutch Foreign Affairs for their support. I also thank Prof Mirjam van Reisen, and her team at Tilburg University.”
In her remarks, Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, the Project Director of the DISH Program noted, “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Tangaza University, and the great team to roll out the DISH program in Kenya to make sure we serve the students who want to learn. We are so happy that Tangaza has the experience to work with students that want to come into the educational system. I want to congratulate all the students who made it. We are proud of all of you. Use the skills acquired to benefit yourself, your family, and society. I want to thank the team at Tangaza”
The program was funded under the Orange Knowledge Programme managed by the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About The DISH Program
East Africa-based Digital Innovation and Skills Hub (DISH) is an e-learning platform developed to provide access to youth and women to develop employment skills. The DISH project which has partners in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and South Sudan targets vulnerable groups who have been denied the right to education and those who have difficulty accessing it.
The DISH courses bridge that gap by focusing on low-threshold e-learning courses, which can be used in online and offline digital learning on a variety of devices and settings. One essential aspect of DISH is that the courses were contextualized to reflect the realities of the learners.
Other DISH partners are East Africa University and Eastern College in Somalia; the Sudanese Organization for Research and Development (SORD) in Sudan; Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) in South Sudan; Mekelle University, Aksum University, Admas University, Addis Ababa University, and Adwa Pan-African University in Ethiopia; Kampala International University in Uganda; and the NGO Action Africa Help International. Tilburg University in the Netherlands assists with the partnership.