Business News Fri, 24 Aug 2018

10,000 young Ghanaians to benefit from Vodafone national coding programme – CEO

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Vodafone Ghana aims to train about 10,000 Ghanaian youth in coding through the ongoing Vodafone national coding programme, Chief Executive Officer of the telecommunications company, Yolanda Zoleka Cuba has disclosed.

Yolanda Cuba explained that the objective of the initiative is to arm these young individuals with the prerequisite knowledge and skills in app creation as well as website development for a future that is likely to be dominated by technology.

According to her, the national coding programme forms part of Vodafone Ghana’s contributions to making Ghana the desired digital hub in West Africa.

“The objective of starting this programme is to ensure that we give real skills to young people in order to prepare them for the future that technology is going to bring about. We want to train 10,000 young people in coding skills so that they will be able to participate in building apps, websites, and other things that they want to build, so that they can add to the economy of Ghana and really start the narrative around Ghana being the digital hub for West Africa,” Yolanda Cuba said.

Addressing the media at the first coding session in Accra, the CEO of Vodafone Ghana posited that the absence of basic coding in Ghana’s digital space defeats the aim of making Ghana’s digital revolution a reality.

“If we don’t have young people that are interested in things like coding, which is a basic language, in order to partake in the new technology world, then we will actually fall short of our objective of igniting Ghana’s digital revolution,” she stated.

The first session of the Vodafone Ghana national coding programme which is expected to take place in all ten regions across the nation was successfully held at the Accra Digital Centre on Friday, August 24, 2018.

In attendance were the Deputy Communications Minister, Vincent Sowah Odotei as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Telecoms Chamber, Kenneth Ashigbey.

Earlier this month, Vodafone Ghana announced the rollout of a nationwide coding programme for Ghanaian youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in line with its vision of igniting Ghana's digital revolution.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com