A 2021 report by Africa Developer Ecosystem, released by Google and Accenture, has noted that Africa now has 716,000 professional developers. This is a 3.8% rise from the 700,000 total population in 2020. In a continent predicted to have about 2.4 billion people by 2050 with almost half of that under 25 years of age, Africa has the potential to become the major talent supplier in the world.
CEO and Co-founder of Chuuse, Daniel Olowokere believes now is the best time to upskill and scale African tech talents into global opportunities.
“We’re seeing an increasing interest in African developer talent from across the world, such that it is causing talent shortages in the local ecosystem. It is part of our goals to bridge this talent gap by equipping the next generation of technical talent with all the knowledge they need to get started.”
Software School, which is Chuuse’s flagship product, currently consists of two broad programs which are Android Development and Backend Development with over 350 expert-led lectures. The lectures are hosted on SchoolOnAir’s Lesson Teacher app. They are designed to help students go from novices to competent developers by the time they’re done.
According to Mr Muyiwa Bamgbose, the Founder and CEO of SchoolOnAir, the organisation is supercharged about this partnership as it will help more people, especially the over 300,000 students at SchoolOnAir to learn software development skills. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with Chuuse to be setting the pace in software education for African talent. Together, we have built a no-borders solution that allows young people across Africa to equip themselves with the skills that matter,” he said.
Daniel Olowokere also stated that they have an ambitious vision to help 15 millions Africans learn and earn over the next five years. “Our partnership with SchoolOnAir to launch Software School is key to our goal of empowering 15 million Africans with the digital skills of tomorrow.” he remarked.
Lectures on Software School costs only about ₦50 per lecture or ₦25,000 per program subscription, making it one of the cheapest software training programs available to Africans.
Through its training program, Chuuse claims that any African with or without internet access can learn how to write code and become a developer within 6 months. In addition to training the talents, Chuuse has announced that it intends to leverage the network and infrastructure of Schoolonair to also connect African tech talents to global opportunities.
The Software School is now live on the Lesson Teacher App on the Android Playstore. Interested participants can check it out here.
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