African Development Bank Coding for Employment Training Enrollment

Application for enrollment is still open for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Coding for Employment Training design to hold in some selected Universities in Nigeria.

The African Development Bank, in partnership with Microsoft, Rockefeller Foundation, and Facebook offers a 1-year coding for development training free of charge in selected Nigerian Universities.

Coding for Employment Training Program is aimed at preparing Africa’s youth for jobs in the future and unveils from the continent the next generation digital initiators by training youth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) using curriculum that is demand-driven as well as matching Nigerian graduates directly with employers in the ICT.

The objective of the Coding for Employment program is to reach over 32 million youth across the African continent as well as create more than nine million jobs and opportunities.

We beleive that the digital transformation of economies in Africa will be driven by African youth within the emerging 4th and 5th Industrial era.

Coding for Employment program is an initiative that will flourish when peace and stability are promoted in Africa’s conflict-prone and once fragile zones, thereby complementing informal and formal education and the youth population targeted training programs.

With the youth population estimated to reach over 830 million by the year 2050 in the African continent, knowledge, and skills in modern technologies, such as data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, social networking, security, and artificial intelligence (AI), are imperative.

Partnering with the private sector, the public sector institutions and the academia, the Bank’s programs in technology development such as this and its investments assists several national plans on development and align with its top five priorities, which includes to Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve Life Quality for the African people.

The Coding for Employment training program is a significant part of the AfDB’s (2016 – 2025) strategy on Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA), which is aimed at creating  over 25 million jobs within the African continent, as well as launching, developing, and enabling the Africa’s digitally youthful workforce of the next generation.

Partnering Universities

The African Development Bank (AFDB) is collaborating with the following Universities to offers a free of charge one-year training on coding for development.
  1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  2. Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State
  3. Gombe State University, Gombe
  4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka


  • Candidate must be within the age of 16-39 years.
  • Candidate must be an African
  • Candidate must be residing in Nigeria
  • Applicant should be skill-driven, open-minded, and ready to learn

How to Apply

Applicants interested in participating are to register by filling the form here

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