Minister of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education, Ida Reteno Assonouet launched project activities “Training My Generation-Gabon 5000″, a program to train young people in 5000 Technologies information and communication (ICT) and entrepreneurship. The project is funded by Airtel Gabon to the tune of 2.4 billion FCFA. It is technically supported by UNESCO. As educational partner, the program chose the African Institute of Informatics (IAI).
The ambitious project will be implemented through a partnership between the United Nations Organization for Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the mobile phone company Airtel Gabon. “The major advantage of this great project is justified by the fact that it is for our youth who need knowledge, particularly in the ICT sector,” said Ms. Reteno Assonouet inviting to pass older young Gabonese 17 to 35 years to register massively to the initiative of man’s empowerment.
Under the UNESCO guidelines set up a coordination cell, young 5000 (boys and girls) will be trained for free by teachers IAI for three (3) years on throughout the Gabonese territory. A Joint Steering Committee (UNESCO and Airtel) ensure monitoring and periodic evaluation of the progress of the partnership.
The training modules relate to the initiative to computer tools, support school by distance learning (e-learning), support to youth entrepreneurship and support for trades training scholarships in specialized areas. The project integrates the in-school and non-school.
According to the CEO of Airtel Olivier Hervé Njapoum “through UNESCO’s expertise in the promotion of innovation and technology-based knowledge, the project gains in quality. “
At the end of the project, 4,400 young people will be trained in ICT, several hundred young people will be trained in creating economic activity and thousands of students also class exam will benefit from online tutoring (E-learning). The project will also includes the recycling of 100 teachers of secondary schools practicing science and technology.
The program “Training my generation” has its source the project “my generation train”, issued an idea by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba at the 2nd New York Forum Africa edition in 2013.