The World Food Programme (WFP)’s Tech for Food was one of the 5 winners of the ‘Innovate for Refugees,’ competition organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Pan Arab region. Tech for Food empowers vulnerable communities in Iraq and Lebanon, with a special focus on youth and women by providing them with the digital skills that they need to find remote work with global tech companies over the internet. This gives them an opportunity for empowerment towards a brighter future. The programme has impacted the lives of 3,000 people and aims to reach 100,000 people over the next 5 years. More.
Mobile Learning Week is the annual United Nations flagship Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education conference that brings together education and technology experts. Using the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and ILO will organize a session on “Innovations, Challenges and Good Practices in Job-ready Digital Skills” training to be held in Paris, from the 26 to 30 March 2018. The objective of the event is to foster a community of practice among job-ready digital skills training providers by facilitating a discussion on innovations, challenges and solutions related to training young people for jobs in the digital economy. More.
On 21 March 2018, in Geneva, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize an interactive session at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) on “skills mismatch: the digital skills employers are looking for”. Under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and its campaign on digital skills for decent jobs for youth, the session will bring together private sector companies who will share their views on the digital skills required in the digital economy.
Coding is a specialized technique that enables users to create computer software, apps and websites. Training more females in this area is one way to close the gender gap in computing. Africa Renewal interviewed one recent youth female graduate, Angela Koranteng, who concurred that in most cases, unlike girls, boys are exposed to technical matters in childhood so not many young African women can imagine themselves as coders. In a survey by the US Department of Labor, findings revealed that even in most developed countries, the computer field is disproportionately dominated by men. However, more and more opportunities are being provided for girls to learn code: technology institutions are working to increase financial support and awareness about computer programming through conferences where girls can discuss career prospects. Gender equality enthusiasts are optimistic this increase in women coders will help close the gender wage inequality gap. More.