MTN Group has announced the launch of its flagship MTN Skills Academy in Zambia. This is the first business to roll out this initiative aimed at addressing the digital skills gap in Africa. Introduced for the first time at MWC in Kigali, the MTN Skills Academy is a free online learning platform that enables MTN to actively promote digital skills development and job creation across Africa, connecting youth and At least 60% of adults will have at least a minimum level of sustainable digital skills proficiency by 2025.
Based on the starting point and recognition that the Digital Skills Gap Index reports that 12 out of 20 countries in the world are in Africa, with the weakest digital skills, this online learning platform is designed to help students with digital and financial literacy. Provide young people with access to world-class training and resources. Job Preparation, Mentorship, and Placement Services. The MTN Skills Academy is delivered in line with the goals of AU’s Digital Transformation Strategy.
At the launch event, Sports, Youth and Arts Minister Elvis Nkandu said: The government’s efforts to promote science, technology and innovation in the education sector, coupled with initiatives such as the MTN Digital Skills Academy, underscore Zambia’s determination to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in the digital age. I’m here. ”
The strategic priority of MTN Group’s Ambition 2025 strategy is to create shared value. In this example, with the launch of the MTN Skills Academy, the Group is leveraging its operations to enable digital inclusion, providing much-needed digital training to the communities in which it operates, thereby helping Africa grow. can transform your life. This launch further demonstrates our commitment to building a sustainable future for Africa by creating economic opportunities for young people and fostering the growth of the continent’s digital economy.
“We all know that to be competitive in this fast-changing world, we need digital capabilities,” said Nompilo Morafo, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTN Group. says. “We are delighted to bring the MTN Skills Academy to Zambia and help young people across the country acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the digital economy. We are committed to driving development and through this investment we are helping create a more equitable and sustainable future for Africa.”
The International Finance Corporation reports that about 230 million jobs will require digital skills by 2030, but the African continent lags far behind in reaching these numbers. The MTN Skills Academy is designed to address this critical talent shortage. The initial focus will be on providing online training in digital and financial skills, work readiness, mentorship and job placement, with plans to expand to include in-person and on-the-job training in the future.
The Academy is designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the changing demand for digital skills and to provide young people with the training and resources they need to succeed in the digital economy. By continuously evolving and improving the program, MTN will ensure the academy remains a valuable resource for students, helping to close the digital skills gap in Africa.
The launch event of the MTN Skills Academy in Zambia was held on April 25th and was attended by various stakeholders and partners. Interested individuals residing in Zambia can access the courses and training programs offered by the Academy by visiting the website and signing up.