HOW SOFTWARE BOOTCAMPS ARE UPSKILLING YOUTHS AND GETTING THEM JOB-READY IN AFRICA

HOW SOFTWARE BOOTCAMPS ARE UPSKILLING YOUTHS AND GETTING THEM JOB-READY IN AFRICA

CODING BOOTCAMPS: EQUIPPING AFRICAN YOUTHS WITH TECH SKILLS

Africa is gradually undergoing a tech revolution as its teeming population of young men and women are breaking the mold through technical skills, this is based on how software bootcamps are upskilling youths and getting them job-ready in Africa. 

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This article covers the following segments:

  • The Hope for Africa
  • Software Engineering in Africa   
  • The Tech Revolution
  • Private Establishments’ Involvement 
  • Conclusion

 

Coding Bootcamps, the Hope for Africa:

The current technological advancement in Africa defies the conventional African way of solving problems, because the belief that software technology, especially engineering, will speed up development despite the current state of the continent is definitely true.

Software Engineering in Africa: 

Software engineering drives business and economic development. Some softwares are useful to every business irrespective of the industry type, while some are specific and vital to different business niches. Clearly, more possibilities are opening up in the world of software technology as the fine line between the creative and scientific components diminishes. However, the surface of Africa’s tech potential is yet to be scratched, therefore, the future is exciting.

The Software and Tech Revolution:

Tech hubs are springing up across Africa, and young people across Africa are exploiting the opportunities therein, (Dahir). Due to the huge gap between human resources needed and what is available in Africa; consequently, software engineering bootcamps are training African youths to power the full-scale adoption of technology in their nations.

Private Establishments’ Involvement: 

Most Corporate organizations are willing to support African youths to gain needed skills and deploy indigenous software solutions for the problems facing Africans. So they can work remotely, and get rewards on the same scale as other software engineers anywhere in the world. 

Software bootcamps in Africa:

Organizations like WAAW Foundation, She Hacks AfricaOFFER ZENMoringa School, Geek Factory offers great opportunities for Africans to become world class software developers. There are also provisions to make donations towards this cause, as WAAW Foundation and other tech-focused organizations across the continent intensifies their efforts in upskilling youths in Africa and getting them job ready.

Unoma Okorafor
unoma@waawfoundation.org

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is the founder of WAAW Foundation. She is a passionate social entrepreneur committed to empowering girls in African through STEM focused education.

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