The new Africa Cloud platform is to provide E-learning programmes for young people in rural regions in Africa.
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Last November, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) presented seven digital pioneering projects in Africa. In total, the BMZ is investing nearly 270 million euros in more than 200 digital projects in the continent.

“More people are online than offline throughout the world. Nowhere else is digitisation making more rapid progress than in Africa. Over the last five years, the number of Internet users there has increased threefold. This is why we must not miss out on digital development in Africa! Otherwise we will never create sufficient education, training and employment opportunities,” maintained Germany’s Federal Minister of Development Gerd Müller, presenting the new ICT platform ‘Africa Cloud’. With this platform, E-learning programmes are to be provided for young people in rural and remote areas in Africa.

According to the Minister, the contents of the platform for vocational trainers, young farmers or digital entrepreneurs will be developed locally for downloading onto a PC or a smartphone. Local partners and a coach are to support the programmes, which will be starting at the Green Innovation Centres for Agriculture and the Food Sector as of January 2020.

“With digitisation, Africa can make gigantic development leaps.

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