Microsoft in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched an initiative aimed at empowering young Africans in coding to boost their digital skills.

The digital platform called ‘Coding for Employment’ aims to promote continuous learning among the African youth and provide sustainable employment avenues.

The platform teaches courses like web development, design, data science and digital marketing.

It comes with an affordable, secured, and easy-to-navigate interface that is accessible on mobile devices.

Speaking about the initiative, the Acting Director for the African Development Bank, Hendrina Doroba said the skills training platform will address the existing skills gap and link the youth to decent jobs.

Ghada Khalifa, Director of Microsoft Philanthropies for Middle East and Africa, said, one of the defining challenges of our time is ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to benefit from technology and initiatives like the digital training platform can help drive the momentum needed.

The initiative is part of the Bank’s agenda to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and equip 50 million African youth with competitive skills.