Huawei has successfully trained over 600 students in 14 Sub-Saharan nations through the “Seeds for the Future” program in new ICT technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, and AI, preparing them for jobs in the digital economy age.
According to the Global Association for Mobile Telecommunications Systems’ Mobile Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa 2020 research, Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s fastest expanding area, and African countries have entered the digital economy era at a breakneck pace. ICT technologies are a crucial engine that drives countries’ development in this process, and mastering ICT technologies is the key to the engine’s success.
Huawei cultivates ICT knowledge and skills in local youngsters through programs like Seeds for the Future. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the curriculum was delivered via online learning and, where possible, in person. Students were given the option of taking multiple ICT courses online at their own pace, as well as the opportunity to engage in science and technology roundtables and connect in real-time with kids from across the world.
Students were able to attend guided tours of Huawei exhibition halls and significant cultural places in China via 5G live broadcasts.
Meanwhile, they were urged to build solutions to overcome developmental difficulties facing each of their countries, with the help of expert mentors from Huawei’s Tech4Good initiative, and to recognize the importance of putting theory into practice.
Huawei has placed a greater emphasis on overcoming the gender gap in science and technology training this year. Women made up more than a third of the total number of Seeds candidates. Other noteworthy features include: Nine ICT training sessions were held in Ghana in junior high schools, senior high schools, universities, and the general public. The ICT training program is still under progress. More than 30 women in Madagascar received basic digital skills and training.
The project has also piqued the interest of governments in Sub-Saharan Africa. In its national digital economy master plan, the South African government has included a number of talent development projects, including Seeds for the Future. Uganda’s, Mauritius’, and Malawi’s chiefs of state have all commended Huawei’s talent development strategy. Prithvirajsing Roopun, the president of Mauritius, stated that Huawei’s project would assist in the development of a national ICT talent team, the strengthening of young employment capacities, and the support of the National Digital Mauritius 2030 Strategic Plan.
By modernizing its ICT infrastructure and introducing cutting-edge technologies and skills training to Uganda, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said Huawei had given an excellent example of how a global corporation might contribute to the growth and technological improvement of the ICT industry.
Malawi’s President, Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera, stated that Huawei has established an exemplary example for private sector partners and international investors by contributing to Malawi’s development in various ways.
Huawei’s global CSR flagship campaign is Seeds for the Future. It was established in 2008 with the goal of nurturing local talent, promoting knowledge transfer, increasing people’s understanding and interest in the ICT industry, and encouraging countries and regions to participate in the development of the digital community. The program will have been implemented in 131 nations and territories throughout the world by 2021, with approximately 9,000 students taking part. The program has been held in Sub-Saharan African countries since 2014. So far, 25 countries have taken part in the program, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana, with over 1,000 pupils benefiting.