The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched the "Coding for Employment" program to help Afrika's youth acquire skills for careers in science and technology. The program was announced at the African Innovation Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda.
“By working together with the private sector, donors, policy-makers, and other stakeholders, we can secure a brighter future for young African women and men. As part of this new Program, we seek to cultivate the next generation of innovators and to empower young women to lead the continent’s digital revolution. Investments in youth through programs like Coding for Employment can stimulate inclusive economic growth, put Africa and its youth on the cutting edge of technological innovations and ensure the digital transformation of Africa is led and managed by young Africans for the benefit of the people of Africa,” said Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at AfDB.
The Coding for Employment program continues the trend of more and more institutions offering software development training to Afrika's young people so that they can be ready to be employed. The AfDB also explained that the program is at the center of their "Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative". AfDB says that by 2025, their Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative will have equipped 50 million youth with employable skills and created 25 million jobs in agriculture, information communications and technology and other key industries across Afrika.
On its own, the Coding for Employment program, will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth across Afrika according to AfDB.
“Digital skills are fast becoming essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, these skills are beyond the reach of too many young people in Africa. Together with our partners like the African Development Bank, we are working to change that. The partnership between Microsoft and the African Development Bank will continue to focus on increasing the participation of underserved youth and women while equipping youth across Africa with the skills needed to fill jobs now and in the future,” said Ghada Khalifa, Director of Microsoft Philanthropies for the Middle East and Africa,