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2023
Pathways to Technology: From Unemployed Youth to Skilled Programmers: Building a Software Industry in South Africa
Year
2023
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
South Africa
Allocated funds
15 000 EUR
Project goal

A group of 26 young programmers from marginalized communities, formed as part of a jointly funded 2022 information and selection campaign project by Lithuania and Canada, has successfully completed training in Agile Web Developer courses (AWD) and secured entry-level jobs and/or utilized further learning opportunities. The long-term goal of the program is to reduce youth unemployment and address the shortage of qualified programmers needed to develop the technology industry in South Africa. The project is part of the "Team Europe Initiatives: Jobs for the Future South Africa" initiative.

Project results
  • A group of 24 young programmers successfully completed training in Agile Web Developer courses (AWD).
  • A group of 26 students learned web development server skills. Acquiring "Front End" skills enabled programmers to create interactive web applications using web servers, databases, various cloud models, and platforms.
  • 24 students completed the semester (10 women and 14 men). Of these, 23 were assessed well. All participants gained valuable skills, and assistance will continue to be provided to them in finding job opportunities that match their skill level.
Implementing organization
CodeX
Financing source
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in South Africa/ Non-governmental organization CodeX / Embassy of Canada in the Republic of South Africa / Canada Fund for Local Initiatives
2022
From unemployed youth to skilled coders, building the tech industry in South Africa
Year
2022
Sector of assistance
Gender Equality and women empowerment, Social Protection
Project countries
South Africa
Allocated funds
10 000 EUR
Project goal

To implement an outreach program to identify young people, especially girls and women from socially vulnerable communities, who have the potential to learn programming. The project aims to prepare them for work in the technology industry. The long-term goal of the program is to reduce youth unemployment and address the shortage of skilled programmers needed to grow the technology industry in South Africa.

Embassy project

Project results
  • The outreach programme targeted people living in marginalised communities. 11 visits were organised to schools, community centres, partner development organisations (e.g. Edunova), presenting programming as an accessible activity and a viable career, and disseminating information about jobs in the sector.
  • The programme was presented 8 times virtually on Facebook.
  • A special webinar version was developed, 4 virtual and 3 live events were organised at the CodeX office in Cape Town with 287 participants (156 women and 131 men);
  • 516 people were selected and participated in capacity building activities, 372 of whom successfully completed the free online coding course (150 women, 208 men, 14 not selected by gender); 38 completed the three full online coding courses and are now ready for work (17 women and 21 men). 13 people were selected for the coding camp, 2 women and 11 men. 93 people (36 women and 57 men) have completed or are in the process of completing the coding camp.
Implementing organization
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania / Embassy of Lithuania in South Africa/ Project CodeX Foundation/ High Commission of Canada in South Africa/ Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (co-financing - 25 000 EUR)
2021
Digital skills Development for the Youth from Underprivileged Communities in South Africa
Year
2021
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation
Project countries
South Africa
Allocated funds
10 000 EUR
Project goal

The expected impact is that young people accessing Afrika Tikkun Digital Library have enhanced online digital skills and are tech-savvy, have access to world-class academic and non-academic resources and are therefore empowered for post school opportunities.

Embassy‘ project

Project results
  • 2 314 young people who took part in Afrika Tikkun projects in the poorest communities in South Africa, received free access to the Afrika Tikkun digital library and other additional resources.
  • Participants improved their digital skills by gaining access to world-class academic and non-academic resources.
  • The competitive advantage of vulnerable young people in the labour market was increased.
Implementing organization
NGO Afrika Tikkun
2019
The education of South African youth in the field of corruption prevention Embassy project
Year
2019
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society, Education
Project countries
South Africa
Allocated funds
4 900
Project goal

The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the youth, living in the Republic of South Africa, to prevent corruption

Implementing organization
„Zora Incorporated“- Zora Horizon Consulting
2017
The education of South African youth in the field of corruption prevention Embassy project
Year
2017
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society, Education
Project countries
South Africa
Allocated funds
3 400
Implementing organization
NGO "Corruption Watch"
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