Group steps up young technopreneurs training with ‘Code2earn’ masterclass
As part of its vision to get one million fingers coding by 2017, Aiki Nigeria, a national platform for youth in Nigeria with the objective of ensuring that youths access relevant services for employability and entrepreneurship, including career planning, online courses, support for entrepreneurs, open job vacancies and information about relevant on-the ground activities and youth centers, stepped up its training on coding and entrepreneurship with a two master class held recently at the Microsoft office in Lagos.
Committed to helping the youths realize their potential and constantly working on expanding its offering by partnering with the best players in all sector of our emerging economy, the platform and its development partners has, since inception, reached over 60,000 youth in training and mentorship sessions (both online and offline) in entrepreneurship, basic ICT, human resources and more.
Recognising the role technology has played in raising income and driving employment opportunities in developing countries, and creating a huge demand for IT programmers in a rapidly growing economy, the online portal, which aggregates opportunities and provides mentorship, maintains high-level partnerships with international e-learning platforms like Allison, Udemy, and Jobberman.
Speaking about the initiative, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria, Sola Amusan said: “In line with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft aims to enable entrepreneurs take ideas to market by providing the right tools and mentorship.”
“In our journey to create a sustainable ecosystem of cloud driven SMEs, we are making a long-term commitment to seeing youth-owned companies using technology to do business better, scale more quickly, create value, and grow the economy,” she added.
The ‘Code2Earn’ workshop has gone across several states in Nigeria upskilling and developing youth. Some of the course participants learnt were: Mobile app development for business, Mobile store management, Mobile marketing, Introduction to Microsoft 365.