Over 300,000 youth to benefit from software development training to curb unemployment
Power Learn Project, a Pan African impact organization has announced its plan to train more than 300,000 young people and empower them with tech employability skills.
The software development training programme, expected to go for the next five years aims to curb unemployment in both urban and rural areas.
According to a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Africa faces a huge digital skills gap, which is diluting economic opportunities and development. Some 230 million jobs across the continent will require some level of digital skills by 2030.
Albert Kimani, Chief Executive Officer at Power Learn Project said the youths will be trained on web development and how to use the modern communication tools to create self-employment.
He noted the technology company is also targeting 1,000 youths from western Kenya region to benefit from the scholarship and take up the course that will last 16 weeks.
“After the training, we expect the youths will be able to exploit the many opportunities that are available online,” said Kimani.
Kimani was speaking at Matibabu College in Ukwala town, Siaya County during the launch of the programme.
The beneficiaries of the programme will further undergo online training, after the firm partnered with mobile telecommunication providers who will provide free data to the students.
“The training will be conducted virtually in collaboration with mobile phone service providers who shall offer free data for the learners to attend online lessons, since the only requirement for the learners is access to a computer.”
Currently, the Power Learn Project program is addressing unemployment issues by providing accessible world-class tech education to the youth Africans across six pilot countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and later to West and North Africa in phase two.