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ALX welcomes fresh cohort of African tech students

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Africa , 24 Oct 2023
Divesh Sooka, GM of ALX South Africa.
Divesh Sooka, GM of ALX South Africa.

ALX, which aims to help 2 million young African digital workers find meaningful job by 2030, recently welcomed a new cohort of 250 students to the hybrid learning course, which will be run from South Africa.

The organisation, which provides job-ready training in tech sector, will train new cohort with in-demand digital skills that will allow them to develop careers in the global digital economy.

ALX held the event in eight African cities at the same time: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Accra (Ghana), Cairo (Egypt), Casablanca (Morocco), Johannesburg (South Africa), Kigali (Rwanda), Lagos (Nigeria), and Nairobi (Kenya).

Africans aged 18 to 34 with the capacity to travel to in-city tech hubs are eligible for the ALX programme.

"This programme is about potential, which includes qualities like courage, passion, resilience, imagination, and values, as well as the power of community," said Divesh Sooka, general manager of ALX South Africa.

He oversaw the event at Johannesburg's ALX Tech Hub in Braamfontein.

"The Karibu event celebrates past achievements and recognises the vast untapped potential among our fresh cohort," Sooka said.

"We are a community that supports and accelerates one another, evidenced by the successes of our esteemed Fellows."

According to Fred Swaniker, the inventor of ALX, by the end of this century, Africa will have 40 percent of the world's population, but the continent will have only a modest percentage of the world's tech skills.

"The continent is well-positioned to solve the massive global shortage of technology skills," said Swaniker.

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