SAP Trains Northern Teachers in Digital Skills

SAP Africa Code Week has collaborated with Niger and Taraba state governments to bring digital skills training to teachers in the country’s Northern region for the first time.

A statement on Monday stated that a total of 438 teachers were trained in three locations in Niger State, namely Minna, Bida and Kotangora and 269 teachers trained in Taraba State in August.

The goal, according to the company, is to rapidly equip primary and secondary school teachers with digital skills and learning tools ahead of this year’s Africa Code Week, which is taking place in October across 37 African countries.

The statement indicated that the ACW events in Northern Nigeria immediately followed a five-day capacity building programme that was organised by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education in Lagos, facilitated by a local Non-Governmental Organisation, Coderina.

The Deputy Director, Technology and Science Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Ayo Omolola, representing the Director TSE, said the government was working hard to improve access to relevant education for all Nigerian youths.

“Preparing our youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution will require a concerted effort by the public and private sectors to bring more youth into the digital fold. And it all starts with our teachers, who will inspire and train a new generation of workers that will drive the country’s economy over the coming decades,” she said.

The Director of EMEA Corporate Social Responsibility and Africa Code Week Global Lead at SAP, Claire Gillissen-Duval, said that public-private partnerships were key to building digital skills training capacity across Africa.

She said, “The Africa Code Week Train-the-Trainer programme is designed to equip teachers with the skills and tools they need to prepare the continent’s growing youth population for the future workforce, and also trigger their enthusiasm and excitement over the possibilities offered to them by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

She stated that more of the Train-the-Trainer initiative was planned for September in Edo, River and Ekiti states.

“As an organisation whose vision is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, working with partners to address key socio-economic issues through greater participation in the digital economy is a core part of SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility mandate,” Gillissen-Duval said.

“Growing commitment and support from our public, private and non-profit partners is key to help us achieve our goal of introducing 1.5 million young Africans to digital and coding skills during this fifth edition of Africa Code Week.”

According to SAP, more than 50,000 teachers trained and 4.1 million youth engaged across 37 countries since its inception in 2015, noting that Africa Code Week has already made a lasting contribution to building local teaching capacity on digital education, all over the continent.

This article first appeared in PUNCH.