Kenyan startups to train KP’s youth

A 12-week full-stack software development course given by Moringa School, Kenyan for digital skills training in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an agitated Pakistani province bordering Afghanistan. The project by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Youth Employment Programme to train 30,000 young people. The scheme taught basic digital skills to 4,000 people in its first phase after being relaunched in October.

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Deputy director Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB), Asim Ishaq, said that we want to create at least 50% of jobs by tech industry in the province.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 73.8% of its population aged below 29 is demographically the youngest province in Pakistan according to Ishaq.

Moringa originated in Nairobi in 2014 has been training African youth in computer skills ranging from basics to advanced courses such as full-stack Django, a high-level Python framework. So far, it boasted a job placement rate of 95% in 2017, by partner institutes in Hong Kong and Ghana it trained over 350 students in Kenya.

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In Pakistan, the Moringa courses cost will be paid by government and the World Bank.

Moringa’s programme will initially launch in only 2 or 3 cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with 40 seats each. Candidates with“attitude problems or real personality problems are rejected,” Audrey Cheng, said who will remotely assist a Nairobi-based seed capital fund, Savannah Fund.

Moringa Training’s typical day begins with guidance from “tech mentors” trained software programming professionals, then, students spend most of the day building projects and their portfolio.

Cheng said that we want students to take ownership of their education, a student at Northwestern University in US when she launched Moringa.

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Ishaq said that Moringa will do some assistance Since level of expertise in Pakistan is at a very initial stage. The instructors from Pakistan will travel to the Moringa’s existing locations for training.

The government plans to scale the project up, covering more remote areas in all 26 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after success of model works and local faculty can deliver the goods.

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