Microsoft Africa Development Centre (Microsoft ADC), has announced the commencement of its Game of Learners Clinic, a three-month intensive training programme for university undergraduates and beginner developers across the West African sub-region.
The Game of Learners, which is designed to introduce a fun, hands-on learning experience for students, is an 11-week programme and will start with a development module where learners will attend free virtual clinics with specialized coaching and training that will enable them to acquire hands-on technical skills and cultivate a learner-led developer community.
In the second core phase of the ICT-capacity building programme, participants will learn about Product Requirement Documentation, Project Management 101 and Prioritization Framework.
In his remarks on the Game of Learners Clinic, Managing Director, Microsoft ADC West Africa, Gafar Lawal, said: “At Microsoft ADC, we recognize the creativity, innovation and passion driving productivity in Africa’s technology landscape and Game of learners presents a unique opportunity to be a strong driver of this community.
“Our vision with Game of Learners is to create a platform where young developers and any other interested participants can build long lasting solutions to challenges using technology.
“Looking beyond engineering, our focus is to begin to harness other skills that are invaluable in solving not only the problems of today, but also those of the future. With this program, we are empowering young developers in Africa to achieve so much more’’, the ICT expert added.
With just only 100 applicants to be enrolled for this year’s clinic, which kicked off on October 5, over Microsoft confirmed that over 1,000 applications were received for the Game of Learners Clinic from West African countries.
Quite interestingly, Microsoft ADC has made a commitment to increase the number of participants in future trainings in its strategic efforts to close the skills gap and equip African developers to have more hands-on comprehensive knowledge.
The Game of Learners Clinic is a free programme being provided virtually and enables students to learn computer science technologies and practices hands-on through which they build impactful solutions for their communities.
The activities are backed up with volunteers from Microsoft and trainees have access to a wide range of coaches, judges, mentors, speakers and trainers.