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Digital education will solve unemployment in Africa — Expert



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The Power Learn Project has said digital education will solve the challenges of unemployment and underemployment of Nigerian youth.

A statement by the firm explained that its goal was to train one million software developers across the continent by 2027.

It added that the global economy was undergoing rapid digital transformation, and Nigeria was said to be in the best position to reap the benefits of the digital economy.

The PLP, in partnership with Adanian Labs Nigeria and Job Red, during the unveiling said Nigeria was the fifth  African Country to introduce the #1MillionDevs4Africa program.

 Chief Growth & Operations Officer for Power Learn Project, Mumbi Ndung’u, said the goal of the project was to drive transformative change for the youth of Nigeria and 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.

 “Skills Gap Report indicates that Nigeria’s digital economy holds the potential to create jobs and reduce the rate of unemployment. However, to fully harness the sector’s potential, there is a need for the country to invest in digital and soft skills. With many courses in Nigerian universities becoming less marketable in the work world and students lacking employable skills when seeking opportunities, acquiring digital skills is the right direction for achieving digital inclusion.

“For personal growth and access to job opportunities across the local and international tech ecosystems, students need to migrate to online study platforms and pursue their educational aspirations,” Mumbi Ndung’u said.

It added that in the pilot phase of the Nigeria program, PLP aimed to train 2000 software developers in Nigeria for four months with the goal of 300,000 learners coming from Nigeria in the next five years.

“Learners will earn a certificate upon successfully completing the course and join a community of young skilled Africans ready to take on digital opportunities, ’’ he said.

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