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New coding tool launched to bolster skills development

By , ITWeb
Africa , 04 Dec 2019

New coding tool launched to bolster skills development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Microsoft have launched the 'Coding for Employment' digital training platform, an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth.

The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to promote a continuous learning culture among young people and build their capacity to shape the continent's future.

Hendrina Doroba, the African Development Bank's acting director for Human Capital, Youth & Skills Development, said: "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."

According to information supplied, the platform teaches technical courses such as web development, design, data science and digital marketing and will be constantly adapted to respond to market demand. It is accessible on mobile devices, even in low internet connectivity settings and has an affordable, easy-to-navigate, secured and private interface.

Ghada Khalifa, Director of Microsoft Philanthropies for the Middle East and Africa, added: "A defining challenge of our time is ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to benefit from technology."

"Forward-thinking initiatives such as the digital training platform represent our commitment to helping drive the momentum needed. Though there is still much work to be done, we believe that through dynamic partnerships such as these, we can help build a knowledge-based economy in Africa that leaves no person behind."

AfDB said the Coding for Employment Program is a crucial part of its agenda to create 25 million jobs by 2025, and to equip 50 million African youth with competitive skills.

The Bank piloted the program in five countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire) in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and Microsoft and is currently developing 14 ultra-modern centres specialised in ICT and entrepreneurship skills trainings for youth.

The goal is to scale up the program to 130 centers of excellence across the continent over a 10-year period.

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