Power Learn Project, a Pan African impact organization is currently implementing its flagship program One Million Developers for Africa” Scholarship Program.
The #1MillionDevs4Africa aims to train 1 million young people and empower them with tech employability skills.
It is estimated that 70 per cent of Africa’s population between the ages of 18 and 35 and 60 per cent of this group are under-employed or unemployed.
The Power Learn Project program will help address this issue by providing accessible world-class tech education to young Africans across six pilot countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and later to West and North Africa in phase two.
The Chief Growth & Operations Officer for Power Learn Project, Ms Mumbi Ndung’u says their goal is to drive transformative change for the youth of Africa through technology skilling.
“The program will offer online junior software development training, consisting of curated programming languages as well as a soft skills component in employability, and entrepreneurship to enable the learners to acquire entry-level smart technology jobs.
Through support from partners, the course will be covered on full scholarships, so the learners’ only concern is to learn and absorb as much as they can, as they prepare to navigate the digital revolution with us.”
“Upon completion of the course, the learners will have access to a number of opportunities and alternative educational pathways through the organization, ranging from internships and proof of work opportunities or venture studio and incubator connections if they want to explore entrepreneurship.” Further stated Ndung’u.
The Power Learn 16 week scholarship program consists of courses:
- Python Programming
- Dart Programming with Flutter
- An introduction to blockchain technologies
- Web technologies (PHP, HTML, JAVA)
- Databases (SQL Programming)
- Employment & Entrepreneurship skills
We believe that the first step to a truly liberated Africa is providing the avenues and resources to equip its people. We aim to enable the African youth by providing affordable, accessible, and quality tech education. ⚡️#1MillionDevs4Africa
Application deadline: 20th May 2022 pic.twitter.com/REDs75RrEP
— Power Learn Project (@PLPAfrica) May 9, 2022
Learners will earn a certificate upon successful completion of the course and join a community of young skilled Africans ready to take on the digital opportunities.
“We are all working towards the Pan African dream of building relevant capacity to extract value from the fourth industrial revolution. We invite our partners and especially our learners from across Africa, to join us on this journey of transformation,” says John Kamara, chairman of the board – Power Learn Project.
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, according to a study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
This translates to a potential for a staggering 650 million training opportunities and an estimated $130 billion market. And, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many businesses to go digital to survive, the need for these skills has become glaringly more apparent since 2020.