MTN's CEO Wim Vanhelleputte (L) with a learner from the St. Daniels Comboni Vocational Training Instiute. MTN will empower more of such youths. (File Photo)

MTN Foundation Uganda has launched its Youth Empowerment skilling program under foundation arm of youth empowerment.

The program is set to benefit at least 100 youths in preparation for the evolving digital world. The youth will be empowered with skills to enable them to employ the practical application of innovative ICT solutions to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges.

It will focus on skills that will drive co-creation of innovative digital products and solutions to solve Uganda’s biggest problems in Education, Youth Empowerment, Health and Agriculture.

Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Chief Executive Officer said; “Since they are the majority, the youth are a big and essential component in the country’s growth and development.

“That is why we as MTN have chosen to involve them to stimulate local innovation, which in turn will help youth create gainful employment opportunities  through community transforming innovations as we enter the new era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The team lead At Ubunifu systems MTN’s implementing partner, Brian Ssennoga commended MTN Uganda for starting such an initiative and reaffirmed that the program would be transformational.

“This is a great initiative, we a thankful to be partnering on with MTN on this great initiative.  The program will powersport a new way to innovate especially the commitment to prioritize Digital for Good and access to ICT for Good Knowledge.

“This program will tailor to a diverse youthful audience providing them with knowledge, skills, and experiences to support building collaborative local solutions that align to the Foundation’s work in Uganda,” the Team lead Ubunifu systems Brian Ssennoga said.

MTN is committed to integrating the youth in its programs. Last year, MTN invited the youth to develop applications that use MTN MoMo APIs, to monetize both consumer and business opportunities digitally, a task many of them executed successfully.

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