Ghanaian tech companies to expand access to quality digital training for youth

Two Ghanaian educational technology (EdTech) organizations have gotten help from the I&P Education to Employment program, to extend admittance of quality digital teachings for the Ghanaian youth.

I&E Education to Employment program is an association between Investisseurs and Partenaires and the Mastercard Foundation, which plans to fortify the flexibility of 30 educational business people across Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Senegal.

The two are Codetrain and OpenLabs

Codetrain, a new and innovative vision for the African tech industry, was established in 2017 by Richard Brandt, a maths graduate, and ex-data analyst. Codetrain was established after a few ineffective endeavors to source and recruit interns with adequate practical experience in the digital sector.

Today, the organization is one of the main coding boot camps zeroed in on practical teaching and intuitive learning.

Codetrain offers mobile application and full-stack development courses and provides hopeful programmers with cutting-edge specialized skills to contribute to and change the growing Ghanaian innovative industry.

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Since its initiation, roughly 500 students have been trained and progressed into satisfying positions in Ghana’s dynamic and advanced environment.

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Sharing his experience, Richard Brandt said, “This program will enable us to scale and fulfill our mission to provide young Ghanaians with the tools they need to join and transform the global digital revolution ecosystem while impacting their communities in the process. This is a unique growth opportunity, and we look forward to enabling young people in Ghana and across the continent to gain industry-relevant skills.”

OpenLabs is an advanced educational foundation offering online and in-person courses in its fields. Established in 1999, with the mission to address youth joblessness through the obtaining of advanced skills, OpenLabs collaborates with innovative organizations like IBM, Google for Education, and Huawei.

OpenLabs offers its students quality training lined up with the necessities of the 21st-century working environment. With over 100,000 students trained, OpenLabs is completely involved in the change of Africa’s innovative industry.

The monetary and specialized help given by the I&P Education to Employment program will empower Codetrain to extend the availability of its projects across the 16 locales of Ghana and reduce the unemployment rate of students and graduates.

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OpenLabs will be able to maintain its stand as a reference educational unit by speeding up its digitization, remarkably through the securing of IT hardware and the acquaintance of strategies and practices to safeguard their students.

A grant plan will be created to further develop admittance to quality training for the young, women, and the vulnerable.

Director of I&P Education to Employment Access Facility, Koumba Anouma, noted that “The COVID-19 crisis accelerated the need for digital skills, but African youth still lack access to relevant digital training and suitable employment opportunities. These young people are willing to shape their future. Accessing facility programs such as this provides innovative responses to an education sector that investors perceived to be a new area with limited capacity, but this is a core pillar for the development of the continent.”

Ghana Country Head at the Mastercard Foundation, Rosy Fynn said, “EdTech companies have the potential to significantly increase both access and quality of education across the continent while enabling young people to acquire the skills required for the world of work. By supporting these companies, we enable them to directly empower and create pathways to dignified work opportunities for young Ghanaian women and men.”

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