Social Impact Driven Goals
Education has been tagged as the guaranteed and surest route out of poverty. This is arguably true for the developed nations. But for developing countries, the aforementioned statement is false.
This is due to the fact that the standard and quality of education in many African countries has declined, there is poor education infrastructure and of course, there are no jobs for the millions of graduates churned out by educational institutions. This is part of the reason why there is a serious brain drain in Africa.
Let us take a look at these statistics by the Borgen Project:
a. Africa has the highest rates of educational exclusion in the world. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of 6 and 11 and one-third between the ages of 12 and 14 are out of school.
b. Almost 60% of children in sub-Saharan Africa between the ages of 15 and 17 are not in school.
c. Girls are much more likely to stay out of school than boys. Nine million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 in Africa will never go to school at all, compared to six million boys.
According to the United Nations, it is widely accepted that most of Africa’s education and training programs suffer from low-quality teaching and learning, as well as inequalities and exclusion at all levels. Even with a substantial increase in the number of children with access to basic education, a large number still remain out of school.
So, what is quality education? Quality education is the learning or education that equips students with skills that are relevant to the global marketplace and the new digital economy. Coupled with the fact that a lot of Africans are out of school, they are not getting a quality education.
If African countries continue with this type of education, the graduates won’t be able to get jobs that will take them out of poverty or allow them to enjoy good health care.
Zwarttech recognises the huge lacuna in education in Africa. This was why we established the Zwart Academy. The Academy is bringing quality education to Africa by equipping Africans with key skills that will help them compete globally. The skills we believe are IT Skills. Zwart Academy trains underserved Africans between the ages of 15 and 22 in IT skills for 6 months. Upon completion of the training, they join Zwart Academy for a one-year internship where they will practice everything they have learnt. Afterwards, they will become junior developers. The training will be on cybersecurity, Java and Microsoft.Net among others. The training is delivered by Zwarttech experts who have worked with clients in the US, UK, India and The Netherlands. Hence, their experience is unquestionable. Interestingly, the training is free for the students. They only need to commit their time and of course, it is targeted at underserved Africans.
The innovation and solution here is that these underserved students will get quality education quickly compared with their counterparts who attend the typical school we are all used to. For example, a lady joins Zwart Academy at age 151/2, goes through training for 6 months, joins the one internship with Zwarttech and becomes a junior developer. She would be 17 when she completes her upskilling with Zwarttech to start earning. This is impossible with the regular education where you spend four years plus strike just to become a junior developer.