Thousand of youths in Nigeria are to benefit from the Emerging Market Model Initiative (EMMI), a private-public initiative designed by Microsoft to create digital access to local markets.
The initiative to be led by Tech4Dev, a non-profit organization established to bridge the digital skills gaps across African communities focuses on providing access to digital skills training at all levels for young people between the ages of 16-35 years in Nigeria.
The Emerging Market model will train 36,000 youth over the next one year through a blended learning approach through online and physical participation across various skills training and youth centres in Nigeria. This would be achieved through a multi-year strategic collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governments and other non-profits and development organizations.
Tech4Dev, in partnership with Microsoft, on Thursday, August 19th signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise a partnership arrangement with Ifako Ijaiye, one of 37 Local Government Authorities in Lagos State to this effect.
The Emerging Market Model Initiative is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder private-public-non-profit partnership designed by Microsoft and being implemented by Tech4Dev to bridge the gap of unskilled labour needed for the future of work as well as build the capacity of key government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to offer sustainable, scalable reskilling and employment services aligned to the local labour markets.
Joel Ogunsola, who is co-founder and Director of Partnerships and Sustainability at Tech4Dev said Ifako Ijaiye Local Government is strategic because it fits into their objective to work within underserved communities across Africa, providing the much-needed access to digital skills and jobs.
“In line with the local government’s leadership’s agenda, led by Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat, Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, we will be partnering with the local government to train 2,500 young people across the local government area,” Ogunsola stated.
The LG Chairman who spoke after the MoU signing ceremony said, “Part of our understanding with Tech4Dev in partnership with Microsoft is to help ensure that youths in Ifako Ijaiye are taken off the streets so. We believe this is a good starting point for our local government. It would be the first of its kind in Lagos state. Ifako-Ijaiye is taking the lead with this great initiative, and it is all thanks to Tech4Dev”.
Oladiwura Oladepo, the Executive Director, Tech4Dev on her part said although the firm has made several milestones across Africa, the latest project with the Nigerian local government is novel.
“The partnership with Ifako Ijaiye is a unique and first of a kind partnership for Tech4Dev. It sits at the core of our vision and as such we are excited and optimistic about the potential impact and success this collaboration will create for the local government, Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole,” Oladepo said.
Ifako-Ijaiye is the first Local Government Area in Nigeria to be included in the Emerging Markets Model Initiative.