The technicians will also get skills on how to run and maintain sustainable businesses. This training will be managed by Computer for Schools in
The training is expected to have a nationwide impact with 13 of the 20 artisans being drawn from outside
The objective of the initiative is to extend the life of devices through management of e-waste and also provide income to young people as part of Microsoft Youth Spark programme, whose aim is to provide skills and opportunities for youth.
In addition to repairing devices, the technicians will also disassemble devices, exchange them with counter parts before reassembling them. At the end of the training, each of the technicians will get a certificate recognizing their skills.
iFixit will be bringing in their skills and expertise as an industry leader when it comes to repair and assembly of smart devices. The firm regularly disassembles devices to develop repair toolkits, providing information on the manufacturing cost of the device, and how repairable and environmentally friendly devices are.
"The initiative will also contribute in the reduction of electronic waste by ensuring that broken devices can now be repaired, rather than disposed of. Such devices usually contain heavy metals which are harmful to the environment, and make their way into our drinking water. In
Smartphones, tablets and other touch screen computing devices have grown in popularity in
Speaking during the event, Djam Bakhshandegi,
Nicholus Nzou, Executive Director, Computers For School Kenya says, "Working with the community, we realized that they did not have the know-how to repair the devices, and so we approached
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