Unemployment and and lack of skills among the teeming youth of Africa have been identified as very high on the continent.
It is believed that there are over 300 million youth in one hundred countries on the continent that are unemployed.
According to stakeholders at a programme dubbed ‘Youth Spark’ project organized by World Vision; a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in partnership with Microsoft Africa, an Information Communication Development company, this is gradually affecting the continent’s ability to develop and compete with their counterparts in the developed world.
It is to reduce these worrying levels of unemployment among African youth that the two organizations have introduced the ‘Youth Spark’ project which is a global initiative that seeks to provide skills and entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth.
Speaking at the training session of the ‘Youth Spark’ project in Accra, Raymon Owusu, Grant Manager and Programme Coordinator for World Vision, explained that the main target of the project is the youth between the ages of 16 to 30 years.
‘We have already started rolling out the project in the following: districts namely Aframs Plains in the Eastern Region, Ga West in Greater Accra and the Wassa East districts of the Western Region’ he explained.
He said per the project the youth will be taken through Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing, interviewing skills and so on and so forth.
He added that the project which was launched last year March have seen over 20,000 youth registering for the commencement of the project this year.
The Grant Manager and Programmes Coordinator of World Vision said per the numbers being recorded by way of registration on the part of the youth, clearly indicate that many of the youth needs guidance.
On his part, the Country Director for Microsoft, Derek Appiah, emphasizes that job of tomorrow needs a technological skill of today.
‘So, Microsoft’s partnership with World Vision is to create employable skills with technology for the youth’.
He explained that it is the expectations of the project to create more opportunities for the youth by using technology to enable them have a fair idea of what they want do in the future.
He was hopeful that through this collaboration, Microsoft will be able to create some jobs for the youth and also help in touching the lives of 200,000 youth in the country.
‘Through the Youth Spark initiative we have being able to impact about 7 00.000 people in thirteen African countries and also created 100.000.000 jobs as well’ he revealed.
He maintained the project will continue to run as planned by the two parties to change the lives of our unemployed youth in Africa.
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