MTN Cameroon, in collaboration with the African Institute of Computer Science, has introduced a new training program aimed at empowering refugees and underprivileged locals with digital skills. The initiative, known as MTN’s Digital Academy, was officially launched in Abong Mbang, located in the East Region of Cameroon. This program is part of MTN’s efforts to enhance digital literacy and promote financial inclusion in the country.
The training sessions, which commenced in Abong Mbang, will subsequently be expanded to include AICS-Cameroon centers in several other regions, namely Mbalmayo, Ebolowa, Garoua, Bafang, Ngaoundere, Maroua, and Mokolo.
According to Danielle Mbome, the executive secretary of MTN Foundation, possessing basic digital literacy is crucial in today’s digital era, motivating the company to initiate this program. MTN recognizes that the digital divide in Cameroon has resulted in digital illiteracy, and thus, the telecom company is dedicated to providing individuals in remote areas with essential skills to effectively use technology and embrace the opportunities offered by digital advancements.
Mbome emphasized the significance of removing barriers to entry, enabling all individuals to be part of the ongoing digital revolution and actively contribute to the progress of Cameroon and Africa at large. This initiative by MTN is poised to bridge the digital gap and create a more inclusive and digitally empowered society.