In a bid to provide youths with tech skills, a Pan African organization, Power Learn Project, has chosen 1000 learners to join its first cohort of 1 million developers for Africa program.
In the new global economy, where technology is front and center, obtaining a future-ready skillset is a necessity for both personal and professional growth and opportunities.
Dubbed “One Million Developers for Africa”, the scholarship program will run for a period of 16 weeks. Besides blockchain, web and database technologies, the learners, will also learn about python and dart.
“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. It enables learners to explore new technologies and deepen their understanding of difficult concepts, particularly in tech. Through the use of technology inside and outside the learning environment, students can gain 21st century technical skills necessary for future occupations,” Mumbi Ndungu, chief, growth and operations manager, Power Learn Project, said in a statement.
“The pandemic catalyzed an already-accelerating rate of digital transformation, where the old ways of doing things changed irreversibly. The demand for digital skills was likewise impacted, as companies shifted from physical headquarters to embracing a digital HQ mentality. While this trend had been gaining momentum for decades across all industries, today’s acceleration is unprecedented. Now, digital adoption and the respective digital skills needed to embrace the transformation are critical to landing more secure, in-demand tech careers,” added Ndung’u.
She added that the 1,000 learners, who were selected after a rigorous vetting and panel selection process, will have access to mentors, learn from expert Power Learn instructors, receive unique access to support from teaching assistants, and get opportunities ranging from internships and work opportunities.