Building a Resilient Innovative Africa in a COVID-19 world

AFRICA’S HOMEGROWN HEROES My Digital Skills by Soronko Academy

Soronko Academy is a leading technology and digital skills development center in Africa, pioneering the way for young people especially women and girls to realize their economic potential by equipping them with the technical and soft skills they need to attain dignified, fulfilling jobs and overcome the gender gap in technology. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, there is a heightened emphasis on the need for digital and soft skills as many jobs are moving online and many more jobs are being lost across the world. Launched at a critical time, Soronko Academy’s online training and job matching platform My Digital Skills, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has allowed young women to test their technical and soft skills to prepare for the job market. Importantly, as this platformwas launched during the pandemic, it now incorporates a test for knowledge on COVID-19 alongside tips on best practice such as social distancing and handwashing. My Digital Skills also ensures that users are informed about treatment methods and centers across the country, providing guidelines and COVID-protocols according to national health policies. Due to COVID-19 and the increase of social distancing practices, there is a high emphasis placed on young women to get up to speed on certain skills theymay previously have been lacking to re-enter the jobmarket. So far, the platform has seen 800 users register and take the test and has amassed 11,369 views since its launch in May 2020.


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