Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) firm, has officially began a program to equip African students with ICT skills.
The initiative, known as the Seeds for the Future program, is Huawei’s global corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform. It is the company’s most heavily invested CSR activity.
A set of Kenyan students who jetted to China last week for a two week language culture and ICT training are set to commence their programme following an opening ceremony that was officiated by the officer in charge of education at the Embassy of the republic of Kenya in China, Mr Reuben Augut.
Speaking on behalf of the Kenyan Ambassador to China, Mr Augut commended Huawei for taking practical steps in capacity development for Kenya’s students. He urged the students to export and implement the skills they will learn back to Kenya.
The students settled in for their language and culture training at the Beijing Culture and Language University (BCLU).
After completing their language and culture training, the students will proceed to the Huawei University in Shenzhen to receive training in cutting edge technology on 5G, Long-Term Evolution (LTE), and cloud computing whilst visiting the state of the art Huawei labs.
The Seeds for the Future program is currently running in 22 countries across the continent, including Kenya and South Africa. The initiative aims to expand to more countries.
The program was initiated by Huawei in 2008. It seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer and promote a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector.
So far, the program had been implemented in 96 countries and international organization worldwide, benefiting over 30,000 students from 280 universities.