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ICT training: Huawei empowers 600 students across Africa

Technology firm, Huawei, said it has successfully trained over 600 students through the “Seeds for the Future” programme in 14 sub-Saharan countries covering emerging ICT technologies such as 5G, cloud computing and AI, helping them be job-ready for the digital economy era. Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s global CSR flagship programme. Launched in 2008, it aims to help nurture local talent, promote knowledge transfer, increase people’s understanding and interest in the ICT industry, and encourage countries and regions to participate in digital community building.

By 2021, the programme has been implemented in 131 countries and territories worldwide, with nearly 9,000 students participating. Since 2014, the programme has been held in sub- Saharan African countries. So far, 25 countries in Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, have participated in the training, which has so far benefitted over 1,000 students. In this year’s training, Huawei said it has paid more attention to bridging the gender divide in science and technology training. More than one-third of the total number of Seeds candidates were women.

According to the Mobile Economy in sub-Saharan Africa 2020 report, released by the Global Association for Mobile Telecommunications Systems, sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing region in the world and African countries have entered a rapid development of the digital economy era. In this process, ICT technologies are an important engine that drives countries’ development and mastering ICT technologies is the engine’s key. “Through programs such as Seeds for the Future, Huawei cultivates ICT knowledge and skills for local youth. During COVID-19, the programme took place via online learning and in-person where possible.

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