Microsoft has recently joined in with several other partners in the Coding for Employment program initiative that helps foster digital skill building in African youth. The program, created by the African Development Bank (ADB), works to give young people the opportunity to learn information and communications technology (ICT) that will increase their employability. Other ventures taking part in the initiative include The Rockefeller Foundation and Facebook.
The ADB reckons the world is moving towards a fourth industrial revolution where demand for digitization across health, education and other sectors is set to rise. The Bank notes that digital innovations not only hold the key to solving the development challenges in Africa, but also the potential to generate new job opportunities.
“The youth population is rapidly growing and by 2050, is expected to double to over 830 million. Yet, the digital divide in Africa persists and critical skills gaps pose serious challenges to youth securing quality and decent work in a rapidly changing workforce,” says ADB.
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