The Digital Ambassadors Program has come at the right time when the Bank is putting finishing touches to the Skills for Employability and Productivity in Africa Action Plan 2022–2025, says Martha Phiri, the AfDB’s Director for Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development. She added, the Action Plan will equip African youth with the skills that are in high demand; skills the labour market requires. Both will complement each other and will create positive impact on Africa’s workforce and lead to economic transformation,” stated Phiri. The African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment program has selected 500 changemakers, AT least 45% of whom are women, from four countries for the pilot Digital Ambassadors Program. The selected Digital Ambassadors will embark on a three-month course during which they will be equipped with in-demand digital skills, such as software development, as well as soft skills, such as problem solving, project management and communication. They will then lead a peer-to-peer training model that seeks to expand digital skills to more African youth, especially in rural communities with limited internet connectivity. The Bank and its technical partner, Microsoft, selected the Digital Ambassadors from more than 21,000 applications received from all over Africa. For this first edition, the 500 Digital Ambassadors were selected from four countries where the Coding for Employment program is operational, namely Côte d’Ivoire (75), Kenya (100), Nigeria (150) and Senegal (175). Moreover, after graduation, the Digital Ambassadors will receive information and communication technology toolkits from the Bank and Microsoft so they can offer…
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Source: Nomad Africa Magazine