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Africa Code Week equips teachers in Ghana with digital skills

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Jenna Delport
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Africa Code Week equips teachers in Ghana with digital skills
According to the World Bank, global employers consider digital skills to be among the top seven most important skills for the future workforce.

In Ghana, close to 700 teachers completed digital skills training in August as part of the country’s preparations for SAP Africa Code Week, which aims to introduce 1.5 million young Africans to digital and coding skills in 2019. 

Claire Gillissen-Duval, Africa Code Week Global Lead, says, “the great strides Ghana has made toward improving access to education for all and achieving universal enrolment has not made it immune to the continent-wide teaching skills shortage”. 

“This is having an impact on our collective ability to train the next generation of digital workers who will power Africa’s economy in the Fourth Industrial Economy. We believe that, by bringing in relevant partners and activating our extensive volunteer network, we can play a positive role in equipping Ghana’s teachers with important digital teaching skills that will help accelerate digital literacy in the country.”

She adds, “the Train-the-Trainer workshops are designed to empower teachers with valuable 21st-century digital skills and create a sense of excitement and enthusiasm around the possibilities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. 

“By equipping local teachers with the tools and knowledge they need to inspire the younger generation, we also make a positive contribution to the country’s digital skills development efforts beyond just Africa Code Week.”

According to the company, more than 50,000 teachers have been trained and 4.1 million youth engaged across 37 countries since its inception in 2015. 

Ghana’s Train-the-Trainer programme also enjoys the support of Africa Code Week partner DreamOval Foundation. Francis Ahene-Affoh, SVP of the DreamOval Foundation, says “the Train-the-Trainer workshops are also an opportunity to create, share and utilise knowledge in the education and technology sectors in the service of digital skills development”. 

“Tremendous progress has been made to introduce more teachers and students to 21st-century digital skills in Ghana. This year, we look forward to building on our successful partnership and bringing more youth into the digital fold.”

Edited by Jenna Cook

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