Oracle, a computer technology company, announced a partnership with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to launch a workforce development program for young refugees in Kenya in collaboration with the University Oracle.
UNHCR provides vocational training courses on Oracle Cloud technologies to refugees with basic information technology training. Participants also earn full course certification from Oracle University, enabling them to join the vibrant ICT industry in Africa.
Kenya is currently the second host country for refugees and asylum seekers in Africa behind Ethiopia. According to UNHCR, Kenya’s refugee and asylum-seeking population stood at 519,989 in Kakuma, Dadaab and urban areas as of May 31, 2021.
“Computer skills training is repeatedly mentioned as a priority by refugees for a better future. UNHCR is committed to exploring innovative ways to ensure that refugees can improve their well-being and dignity through industry associations such as programs with Oracle. This will help refugees gain skills training and global certifications which ultimately improve prospects for self-employment or paid employment, ”said Meshack Mwololo, UNHCR Deputy Livelihoods Officer in Kenya.
So far, 13 young learners have received training in Java SE8 fundamentals and Java SE8 programming in Kakuma and Nairobi refugee camps as part of the program. Participants passed the qualifying course exams and earned their professional certification through training provided by Oracle’s workforce development partner and Oracle Partner Network member, Zinger Solutions.
“As digital transformation accelerates across Africa, programming skills continue to be in high demand. This training program is designed to help prepare young learners to start rewarding careers in the IT industry, directly empowering young people in refugee camps to support themselves, ”said David Bunei, Country Manager, Oracle Kenya.