11.12.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Young creatives trained in mobile apps development

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services with the support of UNESCO ROSA and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Education is hosting a youth coding boot camp under the UNESCO KFIT Young Creatives Programme from 10-14 December 2018 at Africa University in Mutare.

The objective of the activity is to build the capacity of young people on the development of mobile applications and educational animations/gaming. The selected group of 26 young creative undergraduate students and recent graduates are drawn from eight universities in Zimbabwe (Africa University, University of Zimbabwe, Great Zimbabwe University, Women’s University in Africa, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Harare Institute of Technology, Midlands State University, and National University of Science and Technology).

The practical training programme focuses on the Design thinking (Problem Solving), Developing mobile applications (Coding skills), and Social entrepreneurship (Monetising mobile applications). The boot camp is expected to equip the 26 youth with skills to develop applications which can solve societal and institutional needs and drive social entrepreneurship.

After the boot camp the participants will return to their institutions and work on a mobile app development assignment to solve a social or institutional problem identified during the boot camp. During this period the students will be coached online through skype and other social media platforms. The programme is going to be concluded on 28 January 2019 by a celebratory pitch event, called Shark Tank where the participants will showcase their developed mobile applications.

This activity is supported by two UNESCO flagship programmes, namely: The Youth Mobile Initiative and the UNESCO KFIT project. The Youth Mobile Initiative aims to empower young creatives with high-level skills and confidence to create mobile applications that are locally-relevant and contribute to the reduction of chronic youth unemployment, which is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9 and 4 that advocate for technological growth and education for all respectively. The “ICT Transforming Education in Africa” is a project developed within the framework of the UNESCO Korean Funds‐in‐Trust (KFIT) contribution by the Republic of Korea. The project intends to support the integration of ICT-based innovative approaches for education. Its implementation is unfolding at country level in Zimbabwe under the theme “Transforming Zimbabwe into a Knowledge Based Society: Strengthening Quality Education through Integrating ICTs into Teaching, Learning, Research and Innovation”.

For more information contact d.tererai(at)unesco.org or h.dlamini(at)unesco.org.  

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