Zimbabwe: Econet Trains Computer Specialists


Econet Wireless says it has invested towards training of 1 000 young people as specialist computer programme coders over the last 12 months despite the problems that continue besetting the economy.

The young school leavers who were selected for the programme are among the 40 000 orphaned children who annually receive education support from Econet Wireless and its founder Mr Strive Masiyiwa.

The company has set up a special training facility called Muzinda Hub, which is equipped with the latest computer systems to train young people on how to design computer programmes, known as "apps".

Those trained can also design websites for companies around the world. The young computer programme coders will be able to join other young people from across Africa competing to earn part of the $5 billion a year spent on buying services from African programmers.

Explaining the initiative, Mr Douglas Mboweni, Econet Zimbabwe Chief Executive said: "Muzinda Hub is training coders who will earn millions for themselves and the country.

"This is a huge industry globally and even in Africa where countries like South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria are earning hundreds of millions a year from this industry."
Source: The Herald 27 August 2015