The sub-Sahara African finals of the Huawei global information and communication technology competition titled, ‘Connection, Glory, Future,’ has kicked off on 10 September with an online opening ceremony.
The event covers 14 countries, attracting over 50,000 students.
So far, the 2019-2020 Huawei competition has covered over 70 countries globally, with 150,000 contestants from over 2,000 universities and colleges.
Launched five years ago, the competition has developed into the “largest ICT skills competition in Africa.”
During the opening ceremony attended by industry partners and students, Huawei Southern Africa VP, Liao Yong, highlighted the significance of connectivity in the era of social distancing.
“The digital divide is actually widening under the new normal caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As people migrate more work and study online, the digitally disadvantaged people are hit harder,” Liao said.
He added, “Holding the online version of ICT competition during the pandemic has a unique value, it shows that Huawei, as a pioneer in building African digital infrastructure, also takes its talent strategy very seriously. It encompasses three aspects; digital upskilling ICT professionals, encouraging and enabling ICT students, and promote ICT literacy among ordinary people.”
Huawei has invested heavily in preparation for this event, holding 300 campus roadshows, in 14 sub-Saharan African countries, with a total of 50,000 students participating.
The competition-related training helped over 300 students receive job offers.
The training has been of great significance to students.
“I began the race for the Huawei ICT competition in August 2019 while observing my internship at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,” said Atabol Hamza Adenoi, a student from Nigeria.
“I was trained ahead of the competition’s exam and shortly after, I was granted the opportunity to do an internship at the Huawei Nigeria headquarters in Abuja.”
Also speaking during the opening ceremony, Ydo Yao, acting Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation International Bureau of Education, applauded Huawei for playing an exemplary role to support initiatives that create, innovate and deliver ICT skills for the continent.
In Africa, the partnership between UNESCO and Huawei has been fruitful with many successful projects, such as DigiTruck and Huawei ICT Academy under the auspices of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative, TECH4ALL.
With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei said it hoped to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023.
The aim, according to Huawei, is to bridge the ICT talent gap, advance the digital transformation of industries, and “bring digital to every person, home, and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.”
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