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Gebeya, a Pan African startup has taken upon the challenge of accelerating Africa’s software industry revolution. They have set to do this through training and connecting software developers and engineers to the global market. This will increase the number of skilled IT Professionals in Africa and businesses will have easy access to IT professionals to develop technological solutions. Africa is going through interesting times. Internet penetration in Africa has risen from 4% in 2006 to 46% in 2016. That is still a small fraction when you take into consideration that Africa has a population of 1.216 billion people with over 200 million being the youth. The number of is estimated to double by the year 2045.
The millennials are growing up in the age where it is easy to connect, share and learn from different people all over the world. It is now easier than ever to get access to learning materials with free books online, millions of hours of tutorial videos and platforms such as Mindset, EdX and Ubongo providing learning material at the click of a button. Think about it, you probably know someone who has taken an online class, even if it has been for a few weeks.
Internet penetration has also positively impacted the employment sector. It has created jobs various industries from agriculture to communication and transportation. According to the GSMA mobile report 2016, there are 17 million jobs worldwide that are directly supported by the mobile ecosystem. Take the case of John Adams Opiyo, a DevOps Engineer from Gebeya based in Kenya who has built apps for clients in Nigeria and Ghana from the comfort of his workstation. All he needed was his computer and good internet to develop the applications. All the work was backed up on the cloud and his clients could access it from their countries.
Governments as well are playing catch up and they are now adopting technology to streamline the service delivery and communication. In Uganda, the government recently launched the e-immigration portal on July 1st, whereby applications for visas and entry work permits will be done online. They join the ranks of countries like Kenya, South Africa, and Ghana. In Nigeria, more than 100 million people have access to the internet and mobile phones. One such company that is taking advantage of this is Wi-PAY. Wi-PAY is a mobile application that enables Nigerians to pay their bills electronically.
Despite the milestones achieved so far, Africa’s working class population only impacts a small fraction of the global economy. A lot of innovation and creativity is needed in the education sector of most African countries. More often than not students end up leaving universities with little to show for (report). Given a task to handle becomes a challenge since they were not well prepared. The education system has to change to enable the students to learn skills that are relevant and will become relevant in the future.
Gebeya aims to remedy this by offering a project-based training whereby trainees can work on their projects and learn in a classroom setting. This will convert the trainees into world class IT professionals who can take any challenges or requirements given by clients across Africa and the world.
The Gebeya training program will offer professional Communication and IT classes to individuals who are going to enroll for the different courses; Mobile Apps Engineering, Front-End Development, Back-End Engineering, UI/UX Design, DevOps. These classes are aimed towards turning the developers in training into top-notch professionals. In order for one to graduate, they will need to have completed a project that pertains to the course that they are enrolled for. This will not only increase the number of skilled IT labor in Africa but also increase the continents footprint on the global IT economy.
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