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Inspiring ICDL Candidates: Mary Usaji, Kenya

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ICDL is the starting point for Ufunguo Scholarship Beneficiaries in Kenya, which is an education initiative by the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT). This initiative helps the less privileged in society attain quality ICT skills. Beneficiaries have gone on to acquire job placements or advance further in their studies. Here is Mary’s Usaji’s story.

“I completed my high school education in 2009 and attained a B grade. For the next four years, due to financial constraints, I was not able to further my studies and, as such, getting into gainful employment was impossible. In 2013, I applied successfully for a scholarship at the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT). I was overjoyed as it was a full scholarship. This revived my hopes for a better future; my joy could not be measured during that day. I could not imagine that one day I will go back to school and pursue my education.”

“The first day that I attended my classes at IAT Hurlingham Campus felt like a dream. The facilities were excellent and the staff so welcoming. The trainers were at hand to assist whenever I was stuck and this went a long way as I prepared for the exams. I completed ICDL 1 and 2, and indeed passed very well. As a result, I got a job as an office assistant. I have gone further with my studies, and I am currently pursuing a BSc in International Business Administration and working as a sales assistant in Trouvay and Cauvin Limited.”

“ICDL has opened a world of opportunities for me as I find it very easy to work with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word and Excel, which I use a lot in my daily work,” said Mary.

We wish Mary the very best with her studies!

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