Covenant Selected to Host African Development Bank’s Center of Excellence!
Covenant stands out again among peers as the University has been selected to host the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Coding for Employment Centre of Excellence.
Following a rigorous selection process and a feasibility mission to the University in December 2017, Covenant was given the prestigious opportunity to be among the few selected institutions to pioneer the revolutionary movement. Of all the universities in Nigeria- Federal, State and Private- Covenant and three other universities were the only institutions selected to represent Nigeria among the five countries participating in the programme. The other countries include Senegal, Cot d’Ivoire and Rwanda.
The African Development Bank’s Centre of Excellence is one of the major initiatives under the “AfDB Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy”. The goal of the strategy is to help create 25 million jobs for youths in Africa over the next 10 years. AfDB also plan to equip 50 million youths with a blend of soft and hard skills to improve their rate of employability and entrepreneurial success. The project aims to nurture Africa’s next generation of a workforce to be digitally enabled. Partnering with AfDB on the project are Facebook and Microsoft, among others.
According to the project summary of the Coding for Employment programme, its three aims include: equipping 130 centres of excellence with ICT infrastructure; training youths in demand-driven ICT skills and entrepreneurship; and linking graduates to the ICT ecosystem for access to internships and job opportunities. The 130 centres of excellence are spread across the 5 selected countries and it is expected that each centre will train at least 1,800 youths. Hence, Covenant is excited to be one of the 130 centres of excellence in Africa, within five countries and among the only four in Nigeria.