The African Development Bank and Microsoft launch training platform to equip African youth with digital skills

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The African Development Bank and Microsoft jointly launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform, which will equip African youth with digital skills, at the 2019 African Economic Conference which took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from 2 to 4 December 2019.

Young people can access the platform to access courses on topics such as web development, design, data science, digital marketing, and also soft skills. It is accessible on mobile devices, even with low internet connectivity.

 “The youth employment and skills development challenge is a complex issue that requires systemic thinking and bold partnerships … to address the existing skills gap and link youth to decent and sustainable employment,” said Hendrina Doroba, the African Development Bank’s acting director for Human Capital, Youth & Skills Development.

“The skills training platform launched today is a testament to the impact that such partnerships can achieve and the Bank looks forward to strengthening similar partnerships.” 

The training platform is part of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment Programme, which is instrumental to the Bank’s aim to create 25 million jobs and equip 50 million African youth with competitive skills by 2025.

SourceInter Press Service