Africa is thinking about the future generation and for that, a digital e-learning platform was built which focuses on educating Africans - especially youth - on the skills they need to excel in the fourth industrial revolution: the 21CSkills.

According to the 21CSkills website, the learning platform was specifically designed with the African learner in mind, helping the continent's students, developers and start-ups gain the tech skills they will need for the 21st century.

21CSkills works on developing skills related to blockchain, data science, AI, Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and game development. “We deliver this service by working with our partners across the globe who are leaders in technology, such as Sigfox, Unity and Microsoft. We will be signing up more partners with learning content, including universities and other tech companies,” said Helinna Ayalew, Head of Digital Education at Liquid Telecom.

Ayalew showed their enthusiast to help the young African generation get certified skills that enable them to access jobs in the digital and tech space, pursue their start-up ambitions and get formal employment.

The platform was launched in early 2019 after a pilot with 560 students from 10 countries across Africa and courses are already made available to students on the platform.

According to Liquid Telecom, the digital skills platform will benefit many parties:  African youth, people looking to upskill or reskill, corporates that support skills development – both outside and inside their organization, NGOs supporting skills development, and governments, to name a few.

“Growth in new skills and access to digital jobs will help drive GDP growth across the region,” said Ayalew.

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