UNESCO Windhoek Office in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) through the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) will train 28 trainers on mobile applications development from 11 -22 April 2016.
The objective the Training of Trainers is to equip the potential trainers with technical and pedagogical skills and knowledge to train young Namibians in mobile applications development and entrepreneurship. This will contribute to solving identified local issues of sustainable development especially those related to poverty reduction and climate change, and to reduce chronic youth unemployment through the sale of smart mobile applications and formation of small businesses.
This course will provide participants with deepened knowledge and understanding of mobile technology, as well as challenges and techniques essential in developing and deploying mobile applications.
The TOT is organised within the framework of the UNESCO Youth Mobile Initiative which seeks to empower young people, particularly young women, with both the high-level skills and confidence to develop, promote, and sell locally relevant mobile applications (apps) that solve local issues of sustainable development, and provide self-generated, viable employment opportunities in the mobile/ICT industry.
The YouthMobile Initiative builds on the experiences of many worldwide initiatives that introduce young people to computer science programming (learning-to-code) and problem solving (coding-to-learn). It also seeks to build on experiences targeting young women who are vastly underrepresented in this field.
In Namibia, within the framework of the Youth Mobile Initiative, a National Assessment to identify training institutions was conducted in 2014 and a Feasibility Study on the incorporation of mobile apps development training in formal and non-formal learning sectors was conducted in 2015. Based on the two studies, a pilot training of 20 young people took place in November 2015 and two Stakeholders’ meetings were held in December 2015 and February 2016 to share information about the initiative.