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African Development Bank launches Coding for Employment programme to empower young Africans. The programme was launched in Kigali Rwanda at the African Innovation Summit. Young Africans will be trained in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and graduates of the programme will be matched directly with employers. The Coding for Employment programme is expected to create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa. This is at the centre of the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative which aims to equip about 50 million youths in Africa with employable skills and create 25 million jobs across various sectors by 2025.  The programme will be implemented in Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal.

Africa has a growing youthful population expected to reach 830 million. Equipping them with employable skills in ICT is in the right direction. Not only will this create employment, many of the challenges plaguing the continent can be solved using technology. The African Development Bank has always focused on the youth investing US$1.6 million on different programmes to prepare them for careers in the digital space.  The Coding for Employment Programme is implemented with The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook.

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