Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
African Development Bank launches coding for employment programme

By News Express on 07/06/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 338


The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – on Wednesday launched the Coding for Employment Programme at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

By training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers, this new programme prepares Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashes the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent. Coding for Employment will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa.

The Coding for Employment Programme is at the centre of the African Development Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative (https://goo.gl/21mhqU), which aims to put Africa’s youth on a path to prosperity. By 2025, the Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative will equip 50 million youth with employable skills and create 25 million jobs in agriculture, information communications and technology and other key industries across Africa.

Over the last 15 years, the African Development Bank has invested US $1.64 billion in programs to prepare youth for careers in science, technology and innovation. Putting youth at the center of Africa’s inclusive economic growth agenda is at the forefront of the African Development Bank’s investments and its “High 5s (www.AfDB.org/en/the-high-5)” priorities —building businesses, feeding the continent, expanding power and integration, and improving the quality of life for the people across the continent by preparing youth for today’s competitive digital world.

As the world moves towards a fourth industrial revolution, the demand for digitisation across health, education, and other sectors is on the rise. Digital innovations have the power to solve the continent’s development challenges and are generating new job opportunities. The youth population is rapidly growing and by 2050, is expected to double to over 830 million. Yet, the digital divide in Africa persists and critical skills gap pose serious challenges to youth securing quality and decent work in a rapidly changing workforce.

“Coding for Employment accelerates investments in Africa’s most valuable resource – its young women and men. That’s why The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to join forces with the African Development Bank to help every young African reach their full potential. Our partnership with the African Development Bank will establish 130 Centers of Excellence across Africa to help bridge the gap between the digital hiring news of employers and the skills of Africa’s youth,” affirmed Mamadou Biteye, OBE, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for Africa.

According to Ghada Khalifa, Director of Microsoft Philanthropies for the Middle East and Africa, “Digital skills are fast becoming essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, these skills are beyond the reach of too many young people in Africa. Together with our partners like the African Development Bank, we are working to change that. The partnership between Microsoft and the African Development Bank will continue to focus on increasing the participation of underserved youth and women while equipping youth across Africa with the skills needed to fill jobs now and in the future,” she said.

“We are excited to partner with the African Development Bank on the launch of the coding for employment program in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal. Coding for Employment ensures digital skills are accessible to young people and supports youth with securing meaningful opportunities where they can apply their talents, ideas and expertise to advance the continent’s economic and social development,” said Sherry Dzinoreva, Head of Policy Programs at Facebook.

“By working together with the private sector, donors, policy-makers, and other stakeholders, we can secure a brighter future for young African women and men. As part of this new Program, we seek to cultivate the next generation of innovators and to empower young women to lead the continent’s digital revolution. Investments in youth through programs like Coding for Employment can stimulate inclusive economic growth, put Africa and its youth on the cutting edge of technological innovations and ensure the digital transformation of Africa is led and managed by young Africans for the benefit of the people of Africa,” said Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at the African Development Bank.

 

 

Source News Express

Posted 07/06/2018 04:40:53 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Wear full veil and face arrest, trial —Government...

How Timipre Sylva won Bayelsa APC governorship ticket...

Lake Chad Basin Commission to uphold security summit...

JAMB fixes date for rescheduled examinations for over...

China mulls $40b investment in Nigeria

Yusuf Suleiman, Nigerian economic genius and hero of...

Russian company offers to resuscitate Ajaokuta Steel Complex...

U.S. COURT INDICTS NIGERIAN TERRORISM KINGPIN •His al-Qaeda...

2018 budget: MDAs have complied with FG’s directives...

Court reserves judgment in Akwa Ibom guber election...

Anambra guber: Nwobodo congratulates Nwoye, urges defeated APC...

No-nonsense author disgraces President Trump •Dismisses him as...

 

Latest News Man crushed to death after mother’s coffin falls on him during funeral Woman yelling 'Allahu akbar' slashes two with blade in France 2019: PDP disowns guidelines for presidential primaries Confusion trails ownership of sacked 300 street sweepers in Lagos Fayemi’s debt responsible for salary arrears - PDP Kukah to Christians: Unite against security threats FG loses N100bn on aviation charges—Expert Okada Ban: Obiano insists on July 1 deadline 2019: Makarfi to vie for PDP’s presidential ticket Suspect dead, 20 hurt in shooting at US arts festival NiMet predicts cloudy, thunderstorms, rains on Monday – NiMet World Cup: Mexico stun champions Germany 1-0

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (351,515 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (350,539 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (279,506 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (229,506 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (208,673 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (208,089 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (181,286 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (163,383 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (153,485 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (148,077 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (143,480 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,355 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,240) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (868) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (503) Features (606) Global Business Monitor (280) International (2,031) Interview (153) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (123) News (36,273) Opinion (1,000) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,268) Religion (770) Sports (1,549) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Royal Wedding 2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement