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IT education and entrepreneurship for young programmers in Cameroon

Buea, Cameroon

IT education and entrepreneurship for young programmers in Cameroon

Buea, Cameroon

Young programmers in Cameroon are motivated, creative and smart, but access to the labour market is difficult,since training to achieve IT standards are expensive.This is where Leapfrog and our partner ActiveSpaces have developed a pragmatic plan

Katrin J. from Leapfrog e.V. | 
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About this project

Leapfrog is working in collaboration with ActiveSpaces, a non-governmental organisation in Cameroon to support young programmers in Buea. Participants will be taught the kind of IT standards that will help them establish themselves as employees in labour markets, or entrepreneurs.
We aim, through this program, to help these talented and highly motivated young people, who cannot afford an expensive education. This program will enable participants to afford a professional perspective that will concretely help them feed themselves and their families. 

How do we do this?

Our Cameroonian partner NGO, ActiveSpaces, is an already established 'tech hub' in Buea, which meant that they could clearly communicated the interests and needs of tech hub users. LeapFrog and ActiveSpaces collaborated on a training plan for young programmers and entrepreneurs at the tech. hub to acquire standards common across tech. industries. In order for the project to have a continuing impact, students trained by Leapfrog are given the skills and forums to pass on their knowledge. In addition, we have planned two hackathons – regional software and hardware development events – with which we plan to reach over 100 young IT professionals and technology enthusiasts. 

Cybercafes, tech hubs and community initiatives across Africa will benefit from this transfer of IT expertise with their African colleagues in a number of exchange initiatives. 

Updated at 28. March 2020