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Huawei to boost digital inclusion in Uganda with digitruck project.

The Huawei DigiTruck will provide free digital skills training for 10,000 people in Uganda
[Kirihura District, Uganda, March 8, 2023] Ugandan President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni officially
launched a Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda to 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 Yoweri Museveni remarked through his tweet about the Huawei DigiTruck, “I launched the
Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda. Aproject that will benefit over 10,000 Ugandans in a span of 3 years
especially jua-kali, enterprise owners, women, young girls aand students through Digital Skilling.”
He added that, “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.
“Digitization 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, where some
youth can start enterprises such as mobile money, secretarial services among others.” Said Col. Rtd
Okello P. Charles Engola, Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations.

Running in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development 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. The focus of these initiatives includes
promoting 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
digitalization of the Informal Sector (Jua-Kali) enterprises for productivity & Job growth in Uganda.
Alongside women, other intended beneficiaries of the Uganda DigiTruck are youth, people with
disabilities, and those involved in ‘Jua Kali’ businesses – Uganda’s informal sector of micro and small
enterprises.
“As an international social enterprise that exists to bridge the digital divide, Close the Gap believes that
access to digital skills is key to empowering individuals economically and socially,” said Francisca Muema,
DigiTruck Project Manager from Close the Gap. “To reach underserved communities in remote areas
where there is no power and connectivity, we designed the DigiTruck: a state-of-the-art mobile classroom
that’s solar powered and fully connected. The DigiTruck program is coordinated with development and
training partners globally to close the access and knowledge gap in digital literacy so that no one is left
behind.”
Converted from a used shipping container, DigiTrucks are mobile classrooms mounted on trucks. Fully
solar-powered, their mobility enables them to be driven to remote and underserved communities that
lack training facilities and, in some cases, a power supply. Each 40-hour course trains students in digital
literacy skills such as how to use devices, office software, and the Internet, alongside soft skills such as
writing a resume, applying for jobs online, and running an online business. 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.
The project is also part of Huawei’s broader approach of building ICT skills capabilities in Uganda with its
partners.
“The Huawei DigiTruck project aims to transfer ICT skills to the jua-kali enterprise owners in the 4 main
regions of Uganda. This project will enable people in the most rural areas of Uganda to obtain ICT Skills
which will boost their already existing enterprises and ideas to tap into e-commerce platforms like
marketing etc. ICT is a key driver in for economic empowerment and with this we will be able to
contribute towards narrowing the digital divide in Uganda.” said Gao Fei, Managing Director for Huawei
Uganda. “This is why we have our slogan ‘A better You for a Better Uganda’ and ‘Leaving No one behind’
because it starts with you to have a better Uganda and we need to ensure that we are all leaving no one
behind as we all promote the digital agenda.”
Present at the launch ceremony of the Digitruck project was H.E Janet Museveni, the First Lady and
Minister of Education & Sports, H.E Jessica Alupo, The Vice President of Uganda, Hon. Dr. Monica M.
Musenero. Minister Science, Technology and Innovation, Col. Rtd Okello P. Charles Engola, Minister of
State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations and Gaofei, Huawei MD.

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