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300,000 Youths To Undergo Software Development Training

300,000 Youths To Undergo Software Development Training.

Over the next five years, more than 300,000 youth will receive software development training as part of a program aimed at reducing unemployment in both urban and rural areas.

According to Albert Kimani, the chief executive officer of the Power Learn Project, a technology company that is undertaking the project, Kenyan youths will be among the one million African youths who will be empowered through training during the period.

During the program’s launch at Matibabu College in Ukwala town, Siaya County, Kimani stated that the youths would be trained in web development and how to use modern communication tools to create self-employment.

He stated that they hoped to have 1,000 youths from the Western Kenya region benefit from the scholarship and enroll in the 16-week course.

“After the training, we expect the youths will be able to exploit the many opportunities that are available online,” said Kimani adding that his organization would offer internships to the beneficiaries to sharpen their skills.

Kimani stated that the program’s beneficiaries would receive online training, and that PLP has partnered with mobile telecommunications providers to provide free data to the students.

“The training will be conducted virtually in collaboration with mobile phone service providers who shall offer free data for the learners to attend online lessons,” he said adding that the only requirement for the learners was access to a computer.

According to Power Learn Project curriculum designer Robert Wekesa, they are aiming to capitalize on specific practical skills that are in short supply in the job market.

Wekesa stated that the current job market is full of people with no skills who are incapable of developing even a simple application.


“Currently, we have graduates with beautiful papers who cannot develop a simple application,” he lamented adding that it was the expectation of the programme that at the end of the 16 week training, the beneficiaries would be able to develop applications and use them to solve various challenges in the society.

“We want to see African youths coming up with applications that rival Facebook, twitter and Tik Toks,” he said adding that this could be achieved if the African continent could invest appropriately on its youth.

300,000 Youths To Undergo Software Development Training



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