From MTHULISI SIBANDA in Johannesburg , SA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SAP SE, the market leader in enterprise application software, will train more than 150 000 youth in 30 African countries this year to foster digital literacy and equip the continent’s rising generation with job-relevant digital skills.
Africa Code Week 2016, a programme organized by SAP, will run from October 15–23, with thousands of free coding workshops and online training offered to children and youth aged eight to 24.
The initiative will run in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Africa Code Week 2016 kickoff coincides with the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Kigali, Rwanda, on May 11–13.
Franck Cohen, president, SAP Europe, Middle East and Africa, said coding skills are the basis to success in the digital economy.
“Africa Code Week is an impactful initiative to bridge today’s skills gap in Africa, empowering young people for successful careers and equipping businesses for sustainable growth.
We are proud to spearhead this initiative working together with hundreds of local and international partners from the public and private sector,” Cohen said.
Critical to the success of the programme is the training of thousands of teachers, parents and educators across the 30 African countries.
Between the kickoff and the start of Africa Code Week 2016 in October, SAP will conduct thousands of train-the-trainer sessions to help prepare them for the initiative.
In addition, access to online courses on the open SAP platform enables further scale and impact.
SAP and partners launched Africa Code Week, the largest digital literacy initiative ever organized on the African continent, in 2015 with the goal of training 20 000 young people across 17 African countries.
That goal was surpassed with an impressive 89 000 youth introduced to coding by 1 500 trained trainers across 17 countries in 10 days.
– CAJ News