IBM Digital provides digital skills training to African youth

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IBM Digital – Nation Africa is a US$70 million initiative that will provide free digital skills training for 25 million African youth over the next 5 years. The main goal of this program is to provide young Africans with a wider knowledge of technology tools and resources that enable them to become part of the workforce and promote innovation in the continent.

The program will provide training over a cloud-based platform, where users will be able to access different resources that include mobile apps, web guides, demonstrations, interactive simulations, videos and volunteer mentors. It will provide access to a broad curriculum that explores topics from basic IT literacy to advanced IT skills related to programming, cyber security, data science and digital privacy. Additional courses will be available to improve the business skills of participants through critical thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship.

According to Hamilton Ratshefola, General Manager for IBM South Africa, teaching youth in Africa advanced IT skills is necessary to spur economic growth and find solutions to challenges in different industries. The initiative will be initially launched in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, and Egypt, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Sources: Disrupt Africa