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inDrive’s BeginIT helps disadvantaged children in Tanzania develop IT skills

14 December, 2022. BeginIT, an international educational project launched by inDrive, held a one-day training program on Information Technology (IT) skills for underprivileged children in Tanzania.

Thirty-nine students from four schools owned by not-for-profit organizations participated in a workshop on The Future of Mobility at the College of Information and Communication Technology. The workshop is meant to instill problem-solving skills and prepare kids for their future as well as provide career guidance in new technologies. At the end of the session, students presented projects that demonstrated their ability to identify solutions relative to the transportation needs in their communities.

Eng. Eliud H. Kataraihya, Acting Head of the ICT Unit of the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA), addressed the students. “I remember back in the day before inDrive and other ride-hailing services existed, you had to hail a taxi on the street. A far cry from an app and casually requesting a ride in a few taps. With inDrive, you even get to decide or negotiate your fare and this is a unique feature in the market. When you see things changing for the good, this always means there are people behind the scenes working hard to bring us the solutions” he said. “Back in our time, we started working with programmable controllers for the first time at the university. Today, you are exposed to them, which helps foster innovation and creative growth to bring solutions to communities. Do not stop here, use the knowledge you got from the project in your daily lives, be creative, see what challenges your community faces, and see how you can use this experience to find solutions”.

Eng. Eliud H. Kataraihya also added that the LATRA Director General CPA Habibu J. S. Suluo invited the students involved in the program to visit the Public Transport Vehicle Tracking System Center where they could see how the LATRA tracks all intercity buses in real-time.

Operations Director of SwahiliSoft Technologies Limited, the facilitator of the workshop, Khamis Pembe, stated: "Our workshops program is very well developed, many thanks to BeginIT for this initiative that aims to promote children's personal growth, make technology exciting and accessible to everyone regardless of social and financial status, guide and influence the choice of future careers"