The current world-wide technological revolution, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will not escape Africa. According to a recent briefing by the World Economic Forum, (WEF) Sub-Saharan Africa has yet to optimise its use of human capital in this regard. One of the WEF’s recommendations is that of “investing in digital fluency and IT literacy skills” (1).
At our Street Children Apprenticeship Project (SCAP) in Ghana, we are committed to giving students this opportunity. In partnership with the Sefax Computer Training Centre, we are able to offer a software/networking course, as well as a software/graphic design course.
One of our graphic design graduates, Prince Praise Gbeku, who now runs a successful photography business from home, describes how “my knowledge in IT has helped me in using the new technology in photography”.
Another graduate, Bright Dagadu, previously struggled to fend for himself as a casual labourer. With the aid of AE supporters, however, Bright has been able to complete his IT training and has now secured permanent employment with a company in Tema. He expressed that “I am very happy and very grateful to God for the opportunity offered me to learn IT. This has helped me tremendously to acquire a job because I am now IT literate.”