McAnderson Institute of Technology is championing the strategic tech-based educational models for building a sustainable talent pipeline for the Future of Work.
We have demonstrated this to young Africans by equipping them with relevant skills and also with the platform of leveraging cutting-edge technology, training and mentoring to develop themselves into 21st-century individuals that can address the real-world needs of their communities. Our aim is to bridge the gap between institutions of higher learning and businesses while providing students and young graduates with problem-solving skills required for the future of work in Africa.
The YouthMobile Initiative builds on the experience of many worldwide initiatives that introduce young people to computer science programming (learning-to-code) and problem-solving (coding-to-learn).
The YouthMobile UNESCO Initiative leverages computer science education and the widespread availability of mobile phones to empower its students. Young girls and boys are introduced to coding as both a resource to solve local issues and as a tool to develop complex learning skills. Students are encouraged to develop, promote and eventually sell mobile applications as the key to ensure sustainable development.
YouthMobile is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 10 on reducing inequalities. It promotes the creation of inclusive digital societies and it strives to unlock the potential of women in ICT, fostering gender equality. It supports the creation of positive socio-economic cycles and it tackles unemployment challenges with a special focus on the African continent. The Initiative has been recognized as a flagship UNESCO Initiative and several of its activities are also highlighted in the UNESCO 2017 report.
McAnderson Institute of Technology, the lead facilitator for the UNESCO-FCTA sponsored YouthMobile Project has carried out extensive technological and entrepreneurial training of the beneficiaries of the Project.
The training provides opportunities for first-hand ICT training, equipping them with skills to develop mobile apps, design a basic website, repair computer system and build in them entrepreneurship experience.
The total numbers of the successful graduates for batch A beneficiaries were 104; while the successful graduates for batch B candidates were 122. In addition, the number of successful graduates for batch C candidates was 137.
Furthermore, the successful graduates for batch D beneficiaries were 137. Finally, that of batch E candidates was 127.
also initiated IBM training for the batch D students. The batch D had the
advantage to learn Artificial Intelligence (AI) which gave them the opportunity
to register and create an IBM account under the Digital Nation-Africa platform
which some have harnessed to even building their chatbots for good.