A recent report from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) predicts that by 2030, an estimated 230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa will demand some form of digital competency. This forecast reveals the region’s considerable need for improved digital literacy as it currently bears the world’s lowest rate due to a critical deficiency in digital skills. This digital skills gap in the region is adversely affecting economic opportunities and hampering growth.
Disturbingly, data indicates that nine out of every ten African students exit the educational system without obtaining any fundamental digital skills. This alarming trend dramatically reduces their capacity to thrive in the digital age. The urgency for significant digital literacy improvement is clear if Africa is to seize the opportunities of the 21st century.