In the new global economy, where technology is at the forefront, obtaining a future-ready skill set is a necessity for personal and professional growth and opportunity. Power Learn Project (www.WildlifeCampusKenya.com/plp/), a pan-African impact organization today announced the launch of its flagship program One Million Developers for Africa Scholarship Program (#1MillionDevs4Africa) to train 1 million young people and give them technological employability skills.
Africa faces a huge digital skills gap, which dilutes economic opportunity and development. Some 230 million jobs across the continent will require some level of digital skills by 2030, according to research (https://bit.ly/3rZx4Ms) by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This translates into a staggering potential of 650 million training opportunities and an estimated market of $130 billion. And, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many businesses to go digital to survive, the need for these skills has become increasingly evident since 2020.
The Director of Growth and Operations of the Power Learn Project, Ms. Mumbi Ndung’u, said, “Our goal is to drive transformative change for Africa’s youth through technology skills. The program will offer online training for juniors in software development, including selected programming languages as well as a soft skills component in employability and entrepreneurship to enable learners to gain entry-level jobs in the smart technologies. Thanks to the support of partners, the course will be covered by full scholarships, so learners’ only concern is to learn and absorb as much as they can, as they prepare to sail with us in the numerical revolution.
“At the end of the course, learners will have access to a number of opportunities and alternative educational paths across the organization, ranging from internships and proof-of-work opportunities or connections to corporate studios and incubators if they want to explore entrepreneurship.” Also, Ndung’u said.
With 70% of Africa’s population between the ages of 18 and 35 and 60% of this group underemployed or unemployed, now is the time to invest in digital progress.
The Power Learn Project program will help solve this problem by providing world-class technology education accessible to young Africans in six pilot countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and later in Africa West and North in phase two.
The Junior Software Development Hybrid Training will take place on a user-friendly learning management system and will be guided by Power Learn’s expert instructors. The platform will be free access to data meaning no data cost for the learner
The 16-week Power Learn scholarship program includes courses:
- Python Programming
- Programming darts with Flutter
- An introduction to blockchain technologies
- Web technology (PHP, HTML, JAVA)
- Databases (SQL programming)
- Skills in employment and entrepreneurship
Learners will earn a certificate upon successful completion of the course and join a community of skilled young Africans ready to seize digital opportunities.
“We are all working towards realizing the pan-African dream of building relevant capacities to extract value from the fourth industrial revolution. We invite our partners and especially our learners from across Africa to join us on this transformational journey,” said John Kamara, Chairman of the Board – Power Learn Project.
Power Learn Project Partnership with DOT Kenya
Brief overview of DOT Kenya:
DOT Kenya’s mission is to engage and empower underserved youth with digital literacy and 21st century skills to enable them to thrive in an inclusive digital economy.
Our programs support basic digital literacy, digital citizenship through to more advanced ICT-dependent training such as web design.
There is an opportunity to partner to pursue technological capacity building across Africa.
PLP aims to train 1 million software engineers across Africa. Through this partnership, DOT Kenya will support youth pipelines through their community-developed network for the PLP program.
DOT Kenya has access to a presence in over 17 counties across Kenya, is able to mobilize and train young people on basic digital literacy skills across Kenya which will support PLP’s impact across the country. Africa and will align with DOT’s work across Africa.
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About the Power Learn project:
Power Learn Project (https://bit.ly/36VEwkk) is an impact organization whose goal is to drive transformative change for young people in Africa by equipping them with relevant skills through the provision of technology training quality and decentralized.
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