The Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation in collaboration with Fliptin Venture Builder will be travelling across South Africa to deliver a series of education driven initiatives with a focus on youth empowerment for high school learners through the month of June 2019. The initiative which is known as AI in Africa, aims to expose South African youth to technology that will prepare them to compete in a digitally driven economy.
The series kicked off in Cape Town on 7 June 2019 for AI in Khayelitsha where 60 girls from Chris Hani Secondary school, Harry Gwala Secondary school, Joe Slovo Secondary school, Siphamandla Secondary school and Usasazo High School in Khayelitsha were introduced to digital technology and AI.
“The aim of this youth month is to give young people a glimpse of what the future of work may look like and give them access to tools, concepts and access to 21st century skills,” said Mustapha Zaouini, Head of Innovation at the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation.
The girls aged 15 to 18 years participated in a three-day bootcamp which was centred on using Artificial Intelligence and design thinking to create purposeful, high impact solutions that tackle social challenges in their communities. These girls-only bootcamps attempt to address the systematic exclusion of youth in a variety of 21st century careers by offering a powerful platform to acquire new tools and knowledge, bettering their prospects at female digital inclusion and subsequently, socio-economic forecast.
“AI in Khayelitsha” forms part of the nationwide “AI in Africa” series of bootcamps for girls aged 15 to 18 years old in historically disadvantaged communities to create purposeful, high impact solutions that tackle challenges ranging from community safety to unemployment and education.
On 13 to 15 June 2019, AI in Africa heads to Johannesburg to partner with the Gauteng Provincial Government and African Women and Youth (WAY) Foundation at the 5th annual Gauteng Youth career, jobs and entrepreneurship Expo in Nasrec. The Youth Expo features various activities including exhibitions, discussions and workshops and provides information and live services to youth on careers, jobs and work exposure, as well as how to start, run and operate a business.
Throughout this series of events, learners will be mentored by leading professionals and entrepreneurs to deliver a stimulating series of workshops to excite and inspire the youth to reach their fullest potential.
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