By Jimoh Babatunde
Within 24 hours of the launch of the Nigeria Digital eLearning Platform, by the African Development Bank, AfDB, the Federal Government and Microsoft on Monday, the platform recorded more than 16,000 user registrations.
Almost 6,000 of those enrolled had completed at least one training course and obtained a certificate.
The platform is to provide marketable digital skills to young Nigerians with the content accessible via a website and mobile app.
The platform offers courses in web development, content creation, and data science, among others. The platform also uses gamification techniques to teach problem solving, collaboration, creative thinking, and basic coding.
The platform will be continually updated with new courses and partnerships will be leveraged to provide training certifications.
The platform will leverage the African Development Bank’s Coding for Jobs initiative and link the public and private sectors to create 9 million jobs in Africa’s digital economy over the next ten years.
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Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy at the launch said: “We are advocating a paradigm shift that places an emphasis on skills… This is a growing trend around the world.
“The Digital Literacy and Skills Pillar recognizes the fact that citizens are the greatest asset of any economy, including the digital economy. It will support the development of a large number of citizens with digital knowledge and skills. “
Ebrima Faal, Senior Director of the Bank’s Nigerian Country Department, said the new normal had accelerated demand for digital services and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies across all sectors.
“From artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, social media communication, digital learning platforms, virtual and augmented reality, drones, 3D printing, and much more, the world has experienced massive disruption. The African Development Bank is committed to supporting the Nigerian government in pursuing a fully integrated digital agenda, ”Faal said.
Ghada Khalifa, Microsoft Philanthropies Middle East and Africa Director, who also attended the launch, said: “Microsoft Philanthropies is committed to creating inclusive economic opportunity in light of the economic crisis created by COVID-19.
“We are investing in capacity development of 5 million young Africans by 2025 and we are excited about our collaboration with the African Development Bank and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria with the launch of the Digital Nigeria platform to provide Nigerians have access to digital skills to meet the demand of the labor market ”.
The Digital Nigeria eLearning Platform is a key component of the Digital Nigeria program, which aims to empower innovators and entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to thrive in the emerging digital economy.
The Digital Nigeria program aligns with the African Development Bank’s strategic agenda to create 25 million jobs in agriculture, information and communication technology (ICT) and other key sectors by 2025, and to equip 50 millions of young Africans with competitive skills.
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