Some 150 Cameroonian youths with innovative start-up initiatives have benefited from a one-week project mentoring training marking the fourth edition of the Cameroon Digital Skills Campaign co-organised by ANTIC, THE CHANGE ENGINE and Microsoft4Africa, 27 June – 01 July 2022 in Yaounde.
They were mentored by industry leaders from some of the world's top companies; Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, the UN, as well as Cameroon’s top Technology Entrepreneurs and Ecosystem leaders with a view to opening them up to a whole new world of experiences, new possibilities, aspirations and goals. For five days running, the youths were equipped with digital and modern-day-entrepreneurship skills that would help them transform their innovative ideas to finished and marketable products that respond adequately to local problems.
As could be perceived from the campaign’s theme: “Digital skills for youth employability and entrepreneurship in the post COVID Technology driven economy;” the initiative was in keeping with ANTIC’s drive of promoting youth employability and entrepreneurship in the digital era, as well as closing the ever increasing digital skills gap in Cameroon.
While addressing the youth during the capaign, ANTIC’s Director General, Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw, said «a global digital revolution otherwise referred to as the Fourth lndustrial Revolution, is underway, and promises significant shifts in the way technology shapes sectors» including the job market, and as such young persons must be provided with digital skills required to be competitive and to thrive in the Digital Age.
To this end, he noted that the digital skills campaign is part of the solution to this new normal for it provides a platform for youths to acquire the skills required to access upper tier employment and pursue grand entrepreneurial ventures in the future of work, ensure that they are able to harness technology to create tailored made solutions to Cameroon’s complex problems while generating income for themselves, their families and their communities.