Fresh tech skills initiative to empower Zambia’s youth
Huawei Technologies Zambia has launched another Seeds for the Future ICT training programme to support tech skills development among the country’s youth.
Zambia’s Minister of Education Douglas Siakalima said the programme will fast-track tech innovation and stimulate socio-economic growth at every level.
The Minister added that the ICT skills transferred “will capacitate the students for employability and entrepreneurship.”
Siakalima said ICT is becoming an integral part of Zambia’s educational curriculum, and stressed the important role that the private sector plays.
“I want to thank Huawei for extending its support of ICTs especially to our premier students. Huawei has demonstrated that the private sector is also instrumental in supporting the government’s objectives and projects.”
The partnership between Zambia’s government and Huawei has also been extended to telecommunications infrastructure.
The multinational tech firm continues to work with the government on a rural tower telecommunications project, to empower the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to roll out connectivity, especially to rural regions.
Huawei vice president for Southern Africa Phil Li said the company believes strongly in the relevance of ICT expertise and experience in the global business environment.
“To date, Seeds for the Future has been implemented in over 137 countries worldwide with over 12,000 students taking part in the programme since 2008. At least 500 universities worldwide have partnered with Huawei to implement this programme on an annual basis. Be assured that what you are getting here in Zambia is a package of ICT trends on demand worldwide.”