Chinese telecommunication firm Huawei has ramped up training and mentorship targeting African women and girls in order to boost their digital skills and enhance their employability in the industries of the future.
Huawei said in a statement issued in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, on Wednesday that it was committed to bridging gender divide on digital skills across the Sub-Saharan African region. Through its flagship program dubbed “Seeds for the Future,” Huawei has partnered with African governments to offer specialized Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training to women and girls.
Already, 14 Sub-Saharan African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Malawi have rallied behind the initiative to train over 200 women in ICT related fields, according to Huawei.
“Seen as a major milestone, the program is focused on increasing the number of girls participating in emerging technologies such as 5G, cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence to help them get job-ready for the digital economy era amid Africa’s rapid expansion of the sector,” said Huawei.
The success of the program has been realized thanks to the support from African governments with 25 countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, having participated in the ICT training for women and girls.