Abuja - Thousands of youth on the continent are poised to benefit from the scholarship programme technology giant, Microsoft, has launched.
The programme offers mentorship, training, university-level education and employment opportunities to aspiring African youth.
The exercise is part of Microsoft's 4Afrika Initiative package for the International Youth Day, which was commemorated on Monday.
Director for Youth Enablement at Microsoft 4Afrika, Patrick Onwumere, noted that together with participating education institutions, Microsoft's goal was to level the playing field for talented young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds.
"The 4Afrika Initiative was designed to help ensure that Africa can become globally competitive, and investing in our highly motivated youth is a critical step toward making that a reality," he said.
According to Microsoft, its employees from across the world will provide mentorship while employment opportunities will include internships and both part-time and full-time jobs within Microsoft, as well as with the company's more than 10 000 partners in Africa.
The 4Afrika Scholarship programme, it further says, is one way the company intends to meet that goal, by helping ensure that promising youth have access to the education, resources and skills they need to succeed, regardless of their financial situations.
To help redress gender disparity in higher education in Africa, the company is actively encouraging young women to apply.
In the coming year it will provide 4Afrika scholarships to 1 000 youth to pursue associate degrees in computer science and business administration.
- CAJ News