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Growing South Africa through Digital Skills

DIGIFY AFRICA and FACEBOOK are excited to host the Youth Digital Skills Forum on the 11th of June 2021 from 10am to 12pm.As we celebrate Youth Month under the theme “Youth Power; Growing South Africa Together In The Period Of Covid-19”, it’s essential to continue the conversation around the importance of digital skills as a driver foR growth and job creation in Africa.

The Youth Digital Skills Forum aims to
bring together youth industry leaders to inspire and demonstrate the importance of digital skills in
contributing to youth development and the economy.
Digify Africa has been delivering digital skills to youth since 2011; with the support of Facebook,
programmes like Digify Pro, and Boost with Facebook have upskilled over 10000 young people and
SMEs across South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Our mission is to ensure that young people and
businesses are empowered to participate in the digital economy.
The Youth Digital Skills Forum is part of our effort to encourage dialogue around digital skills. The
event will bring together key industry players who will share insights on the current digital
landscape, the role of initiatives like Digify Pro and Boost with Facebook in fostering digital inclusion,
and the career and entrepreneurial opportunities that the digital economy has to offer.
Some of the panelists will include Facebook’s Head of Public Policy: SADC Nomonde GongxekaSeopa, CEO of NYDA Waseem Carrim, Digify Africa COO, Qhakaza Mohare, Head of IAB Education
Council and MD of Hello Computer, Joey Khuvutlu, Vuyolwethu Dubese – an award-winning
professional in Inclusive Impact Development and Founder of Art of Superwoman Olwethu
Leshabane.
“The main objectives of this event are to inspire and inform young South Africans interested in
careers in the digital space and to showcase how digital tools can be used to promote economic
recovery through entrepreneurship and job creation especially in the period of COVID-19 which has
challenged us to innovate”, says Digify Africa COO Qhakaza Mohare
Nomonde Gongxeka- Seopa, Facebook Head of Public Policy SADC adds, “The future of Africa is
young, potentially Africa’s greatest asset. As we celebrate Youth Month in June, it’s a timely
reminder that developing digital and technology skills among the continent’s young people is key to
igniting economic recovery. We remain committed to investing in Africa’s young people and helping
to close the digital divide between and within countries.”
The Youth Digital S

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