1,000 young people will be trained in software development
Power Learn Project, a pan-African impact organization, has chosen 1,000 developers from Kenya to join its first cohort of one million young developers in training.
The cohort was selected after a rigorous vetting and panel selection process preceded by a recent nationwide rollout of the program.
The initiative which will be offered on a scholarship basis started this month targeting young developers in Kenya.
It will then be extended to countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia. The training that will be offered virtually will take learners four months.
Some of the courses under the Power Learn deal include Python programming, darts programming, an introduction to blockchain technology, and entrepreneurship skills.
Learners will then earn a certificate upon successful completion of the course and join a community of skilled young Africans ready to seize digital opportunities.
“We are very proud to bring this incredible first cohort of learners into our One Million Developer Program for Africa,” said Mumbi Ndung’u, Director of Growth and Operations, Power Learn Project, in a statement.
“When you educate one person, you can change a life, when you educate many, you can change the world. Technology provides learners with easy-to-access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what ‘they learn.
This cohort of 1,000 learners will join an exciting community of learners with access to life-changing opportunities.
Learners will have access to an extensive network of mentors and learn from experts.
Power Learn Project instructors across the industry have unique access to teaching assistant support and gain opportunities ranging from internships to proof-of-work opportunities.
The training will provide online training for software development juniors, consisting of selected programming languages as well as employability and entrepreneurship soft skills components to enable acquisition of entry-level jobs in smart technologies .
The training comes at a time when Africa is facing a huge digital skills gap, which is diluting economic opportunity and development.
According to a study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), some 230 million jobs on the continent will require some level of digital skills by 2030.
This translates into a potential of 650 million training opportunities and an estimated market of $130 billion.
And with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing many businesses to go digital, to survive, the need for these skills has become increasingly evident since 2020.