AfDB,Facebook & Others to Generate Nine Million Jobs
New program Launched in Africa
The African Development Bank and many other partners launched a program with an aim to prepare nine million Africans, for lucrative employment. The program called Coding for Employment was introduced at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The partners are Microsoft, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Facebook .
It will give training to the youths in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology curriculum and also match professionals directly with employers in this activity. The new program has the aim to prepare African youths for doing future jobs. Moreover it will unleash tomorrow’s digital innovators. It will help in creating more than nine million jobs, and also has an outreach of 32 million youths and women spread across Africa.
The Coding for Employment Program
The Coding for Employment Program is central to the AfDB’s Jobs-for-Youth-in-Africa Initiative. It is designed to put the youths on the road to progress. By 2025, this Initiative will benefit 50 million persons with adequate employable skills and also help in the creation of 25 million jobs in the sectors of Information and Communications Technology, agriculture, and also in other major industries in Africa.
In the past 15 years, the AfDB made an investment of $1.64bn in various programs aimed to prepare Africans for pursuing careers in Science, Innovation and Technology. It is inclusive and will put youths at the center of economic growth agenda in Africa. The focus of the bank investments is on building businesses, expanding power and integration, providing sufficient food to Africans, and improving their quality of life in all areas by preparing the people for a highly competitive digital world.
Great Demand for Digitization
Presently, the world is moving towards a fourth industrial revolution. Additionally, there is an increase in demand for digitization in education, health, and other sectors also. Digital innovations can solve the development challenges of the continent and generate new jobs.
The population of youth in the continent is growing rapidly. By 2050, it is expected to double and reach 830 million.
Furthermore the bank has a regret that the digital divide in the continent persists. The major skills gaps present a great challenge to youths in securing quality and good work in a changing workforce.