This milestone comes as Coding for Employment strives to equip young Africans with the information and communication technologies, entrepreneurship and soft skills needed to be competitive in a digital economy.
The program’s online platforms offer popular technical courses such as web development, design, data science, and digital marketing for free.
With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in lockdowns and school closures across the continent, job coding platforms have seen a dramatic increase in user numbers. Over a one-week period in September 2020, registrations jumped 38.5%.
The AfDB said that through its partnership with the Government of Nigeria to launch the Digital Nigeria eLearning platform during the pandemic, Coding for Employment has reached a combined total of 130,000 students. Enrolled students achieve a course completion rate of over 80%, the bank said.
“To win the battle against poverty in Africa, we need to equip our young people with digital skills that will enable them to take on the jobs of tomorrow,” said Martha Phiri, director of the Department of Human Capital, Youth and Human Development. Bank skills.
Students who took the online courses in the aftermath of COVID-19 in Africa said learning or upgrading digital skills helped them advance their careers.
“During the lockdown period, I learned MS Excel on my own, using the Coding for Employment platform. Attending the training not only improved my rough Excel skills, but also gave me the platform to network and push myself, ”said Hajara Ayuba, graduate of the program in Nigeria, Nigeria.
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“Through the Coding for Employment program, I met one of the main criteria – data literacy and MS Excel skills – at my main duty station from NYSC to the Borno State Board of Internal Revenue Service. I was then held back in the job, ”Ayuba added.
Coding for Employment’s leading digital training platform was launched in December 2019 in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and Microsoft. It is accessible on mobile devices, even in settings with poor internet connectivity, and has an affordable, easy-to-navigate, secure and private interface.
“The online training program started in parallel with the planned opening of the physical coding upgrade of the piloted Employment Centers of Excellence in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Ivory Coast. The Bank aims to develop up to 130 centers across the continent in a decade. “
“The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of e-learning as a necessity. Coding for Employment quickly leveraged its online digital skills platform to continue providing a gateway for young Africans to become more digitally capable, ”said Hendrina Chalwe Doroba, division chief of the bank for education and skills development.
Following the pilot program, Coding for Employment online courses are now available in 45 countries. Some 300 beneficiaries, like Shaawanatu Shuaibu, have linked Coding for Employment to getting a job. Shuaibu, a graduate of the Gombe State Center of Excellence’s Coding for Employment program in Nigeria, said the course broadened her understanding of content writing.
“I was able to organize the content of my CV, which allowed me to be called for an interview at Jaiz Bank Plc. My performance during the interview and my mastery of communication led me to be assigned to the Bank’s Customer Service Unit, ”she added.
Coding for Employment aims to create more than nine million jobs and reach 32 million young people and women across Africa. The Coding for Jobs program is part of the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative.
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Coding, alongside artificial intelligence, has the potential to gradually add 16% or about $ 13 trillion by 2030 to current global economic output – an average annual contribution to the productivity growth of around 1.2% by 2030, according to a September 2018 report by the McKinsey Global Institute on the impact of AI on the global economy.
“If delivered, this impact would compare well to that of other general-purpose technologies throughout history,” McKinsey noted. “Consider, for example, that the introduction of steam engines in the 1800s increased labor productivity by about 0.3% per year, the impact of robots in the 1990s by about 0, 4% and the spread of computers during the 2000s of 0.6%. . “
The McKinsey report is based on simulation models of the impact of AI at country, industry, company and worker level.
Coupled with a recent report from PwC, which found that AI technologies and applications would increase global GDP by up to 14% by 2030, the McKinsey report offers more evidence that AI is ready to offer great economic opportunities for these best placed companies and workers.