Smart Africa capacity building organization, the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA)in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital and Digital Distribution of Benin, launched a national digital academy, with the aim of promoting digital skills in Africa.
The launch was accompanied by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Smart Africa Alliance and the Ministry of Digital and Digitalization of Benin, part of which includes the provision, by SADA, of capacity-building interventions related to the priorities of the Government of Benin in the sector ICT.
The launch of SADA in Benin comes after those in Rwanda, Ghana and Congo. The creation and implementation of this program in the continent is part of the context of digital skills shortage at a time when the digital world is constantly changing.
“SADA is a direct response to the digital skills shortage that Benin and Africa in general are facing. We are very happy to implement SADA in Benin, one of the most active countries in the Smart Africa alliance and develop the digital skills of the nation, in close cooperation with our partners”, commented Mr. Lacina Koné, Managing Director and CEO of Smart Africa. .
The SADA program in Benin will be an important support for the country’s digital sector strategy, which aims to transform Benin into a platform for digital services in West Africa, which requires the development of digital skills. SADA Benin will include a series of initiatives such as advanced ICT training for trainers, administrators and teachers. This week, the SADA program began by training 40 trainers in the fields of artificial intelligence and cyber security. These trainers will in turn train other trainers to build a strong digital skillset.
Madame Aurélie Adam Soulé, Minister of Digital and Digitization, said: “SADA is a tool, a platform that will allow us to take new steps and strengthen the initiatives already taken by the Republic of Benin in the framework of its implementation plan. and open up prospects for other areas of cooperation and strengthen. This signature for me is a very important step to increase the level.”
As a pan-African learning ecosystem, SADA aims to improve digital skills, employability and meet the talent needs of African citizens. The national digital academy will support digital skills needs prioritized at the national level. In addition, the national digital colleges will soon be launched in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.
SADA is also launching two new programs aimed at providing training to young people, entrepreneurs and citizens of Africa in general, to increase their skills in digital technology, reduce unemployment and increase the potential of digital entrepreneurship for young people in Africa. SADA’s digital literacy program will enable all African citizens to become familiar with digital technology.
Since the start of its operations in August 2020, focusing on Capacity Building for Decision Makers (CBDM) and National Digital Academy modules, SADA has trained about 3,000 decision makers and policy makers in 26 countries on related topics. digital transformation and emerging hot technologies. , including artificial intelligence use cases, digital economy, 5G connectivity, data protection and privacy, rural broadband policies, security technologies, regulatory and innovative sandbox environments, data centers and cloud, digital identity for people who have not been paid, electronic payments, etc. The goal is to reach more than 22,000 beneficiaries who received training by 2023, through the implementation of SADA in partner countries.