Launch of the first phase of the project "Train My Generation: Gabon 5000"

The first phase of the project entitled "Train My Generation: Gabon 5000", the result of a partnership between UNESCO and the mobile phone company Airtel Gabon, was launched this Monday, May 4, 2015 at the African Institute of Informatics (IAI) in Libreville (Gabon). This project aims to train more than 5,000 young Gabonese men and women in the use of information and communications technologies over a period of 3 years.

Among those present at the launch were Ida Reteno Assonouet, Minister of National Education, Higher and Technical Education and Vocational Training, President of the Gabonese National Commission for UNESCO, Felix Loïteohin Ye, Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Yaoundé and UNESCO Representative to Central African Republic, and Hervé Olivier Njapoum, CEO of Airtel Gabon SA.

The mobile phone company Airtel Gabon signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 17, 2014. The project called "Train My Generation: Gabon 5000" aims to train more than 5000 young Gabonese men and women in the use of information and communications technologies over a period of 3 years. This initiative will help to achieve the vision of the President of the Gabonese Republic to provide the African youth with skills training in the framework of the project"Train My Generation", launched in April 2013 at the end of the 2nd edition of New York Forum Africa.

Airtel Gabon has invested 2.4 billion CFA francs to finance the initiative, which will last 3 years. The program is organized around four major themes: introduction to computers, tutoring via distance-learning (e-learning), career guidance for youth entrepreneurship, and assistance for finding scholarships in specialized fields.

At least 4,400 young people, between 17 to 35 years old, stand to benefit from this program, which aims to ease their transition to the world of work. It will be offered in training centers created in selected schools, in all nine provinces of Gabon. The training has been accredited by the African Institute of Informatics (l’Institut Africain d’Informatique, or IAI), which will deliver various levels of certification in fields relevant to youth needs as well as the world of work.

To enroll in the program, please send a SMS with the message “G5000” to the toll-free number 118 (for AIRTEL subscribers), or complete the registration form online www.gabon5000.ga