“Tech-savy” Kikuyu elders enrol for computer courses to enable them transact online businesses

The program will also cover acquiring basic skills on how to make online applications as well as the use of social media.

The Kikuyu Council of elders at a past function.

Speaking at the Kiambu Institute of Technology (KIST) where the elders enrolled for a five-week course, the elders said they have decided to learn by themselves because they do not trust the youths in cyber cafes and have heard about cybercrimes and stories of parents being conned through online transactions.

Property management

One of the elders, Peter Murigi Wanjirwa, told the media that they decided to learn computer skills because they had witnessed the challenges their colleagues go through while selling their property online.

“We have seen many men using ICT to search for farms which we hear is now being done online and many of them have faced problems after submitting their details in cyber cafes and some end up losing their possessions,” said Mr Wanjirwa.

Another elder aged 74 said he chose to learn computer skills because he felt embarrassed having to tell all his information to youths at cyber-cafes.

The first class has an enrolment of 30 students all of whom are established Kikuyu elders.

The elders challenged other elders from other communities to take up similar classes that would benefit them even at their advanced ages.

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