Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) Launches its National Digital Academy in Ghana
NNN: The capacity building arm of Smart Africa (www.SmartAfrica.org), Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA), in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization of Ghana, has launched a national digital academy in the country, marking the official start of implementation in the country. of the initiative The agreement is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today between the Smart Africa Alliance and the Ministry of Communications and Digitization of Ghana. Today‘s launch in Ghana follows the launch of SADA’s national digital academies that took place in the Republic of Congo in February and in Rwanda in March.
As a pan-African dynamic learning ecosystem, SADA aims to improve digital skills qualifications, employability and meet the emerging talent needs of African citizens. The national digital academy will support priority digital skills needs uniquely identified nationally. Additionally, these national digital academies will soon be rolled out in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Prior to this official launch, SADA implemented a federated cloud proof-of-value workshop in Accra in April, where more than 100 people from the public and private sectors were trained. This workshop aimed to strengthen the ecosystem of data centers and cloud services in the countries with the collaboration of our private sector partners, HPE and Intel. In addition, this week, SADA held two other peer learning workshops; one on digital payment and one on artificial intelligence, during which more than 60 experts gathered to gain knowledge and exchange best practices on the digital payment ecosystem and the development of AI frameworks in Ghana.
As part of the next steps, Smart Africa and the Ministry of Communications and Digitization will continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to successfully execute the priority initiatives defined under SADA Ghana. These initiatives range from executive education in specialized subjects to teacher training and training of trainers in advanced computing. They will be implemented in collaboration with our development partners and private partners such as GIZ, World Bank, ITU, HPE, A4AI and more.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General and CEO of Smart Africa, said: “Ghana is one of the most active countries in the Smart Africa alliance and has been instrumental in advancing the digital skills of its citizens. . We are pleased to contribute positively to the nation’s capacity building through the launch of SADA in Ghana.”
“At the heart of digital transformation is the need to close the digital skills gap of our continent’s present and future workforce. I would like to thank all of our partners and the Republic of Ghana for officially embarking on the SADA journey,” he added.
Honorable Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitization who participated in the launch, thanked Smart Africa and said: “Today marks a proud moment for the people of Ghana and Africa in general in the area of digital skills and empowerment. of African citizens to take advantage of digital technology. transformation”
Since its start of operations in August 2020, focusing on the Capacity Building for Decision Makers (CBDM) module, SADA has trained more than 2,000 decision and policy makers in 26 countries on digital transformation topics including cases of use of artificial intelligence, 5G connectivity, Data Protection and Privacy, Rural Broadband Policies, Security Technologies, Innovative and Regulatory Sandboxing Environments, Data Centers and Cloud, Digital Identity for the Unattended, Electronic Payment, etc. The goal is to reach more than 22,000 beneficiaries trained by 2023, with the support of SADA implementation wave.
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