Various observers have pointed to the imminent shortage of qualified ICT practitioners as the uptake of technology across the world becomes part and parcel of life.
In attempting to address the anticipated shortage, Power Learn Project (PLP) has launched the #1MillionDevs4Africa Program aimed at training 1 Million software developers across the continent by 2027. the initiative has been launched in partnership with Adanian Labs S.A and the ICRD Group’s Startup Business Campus.
Power Learn Project is a Pan African organization launched earlier this year in Kenya to initiate transformative programs for young people across the continent. The organization is using technology to provide quality, affordable and decentralizing tech training.
Mumbi Ndung’u, Chief, Growth & Operations Officer for Power Learn Project said, “Our 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, entrepreneurship, and their mental well-being with our health partner AfyaRekod in order to enable the learners to not only acquire entry-level smart technology jobs but to also be wholesome members of the community. “
Across the continent, the transfer of skills, skills development and technological capacity has been cited as critical in developing solutions that could address the challenges of unemployment and underemployment.
“Upon completion of the course, 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,” Ndung’u said.
In the pilot phase of the South African programme, PLP aims to train 1000 software developers in South Africa over a period of four months. Over the next few months PLP is looking to launch four more pilot countries; Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda & Rwanda, with West and North Africa, envisioned for phase 2 of the programme. The scholarship program is officially accepting applications as of 1st September 2022.