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March 16, 2022

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Vodacom Foundation invests over M231 million in Lesotho

Vodacom Foundation invests over M231 million in Lesotho

Vodacom Lesotho Foundation board Chairman, John Matlosa

Story highlights

  • The outfit sponsors in demand tech opportunities
  • Digital talent transformation platform will provide 50 Nanodegree programme licences to Basotho

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VODACOM Lesotho Foundation, the charitable arm of Vodacom Lesotho has invested over M231 million in Lesotho in areas of health, education, social welfare, gender equity as well as women and youth empowerment since 2009.

This, the Foundation, which was established in 2009 said recently when announcing its partnership with the digital talent transformation platform, Udacity.   

“The Foundation, in partnership with Vodafone Foundation has committed to invest a further M120 million into Lesotho over the next five years,” said Vodacom Lesotho Foundation board chairman, John Matlosa last week.

Matlosa said the partnership with Udacity, the digital talent transformation platform, would provide 50 Nanodegree programme licences to Basotho.

The licences, which are valued at M800 000 will be granted to Basotho aged between 22 and 35, and will enable the successful applicants to access material for the most in-demand tech opportunities such as Programming for Data Science with Python as well as Business Analytics.

The new scholarship opportunity is to bring job-ready educational opportunities to Basotho in the tech sector.

The applications which have been opened since March 9 are expected to close on April 20.

“The critical differentiating factor with Udacity’s Nanodegreee programmes is that it provides training, education, and experience using in-demand skills that Basotho can develop more quickly compared to education through traditional certification programmes,” said Mr Matlosa.

“Being part of a technology company and digital career transformation is at the top of our agenda. This collaboration offers an opportunity to help bridge the digital skills gap, offering Basotho youth access to developing much needed digital skills and thereby increasing their employability as well as stimulating career growth. We envision that this collaboration will help develop a more representative workforce in Lesotho, particularly in today’s top tech jobs”.

Udacity changes lives, businesses and nations through radical talent transformation in digital technologies. Its global, online talent transformation platform focuses on in demand digital technologies, mentor support and project based learning taught by industry experts.

Udacity has more than 100 enterprise customers including Airbus, Bertelsmann, BNP Paribas, Leidos, Mazda and the United States Air Force. It collaborates with more than 200 global industry partners including Google, Mercedes Benz and NVIDIA to power technical education.

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This, the Foundation, which was established in 2009 said recently when announcing its partnership with the digital talent transformation platform, Udacity.   

“The Foundation, in partnership with Vodafone Foundation has committed to invest a further M120 million into Lesotho over the next five years,” said Vodacom Lesotho Foundation board chairman, John Matlosa last week.

Matlosa said the partnership with Udacity, the digital talent transformation platform, would provide 50 Nanodegree programme licences to Basotho.

The licences, which are valued at M800 000 will be granted to Basotho aged between 22 and 35, and will enable the successful applicants to access material for the most in-demand tech opportunities such as Programming for Data Science with Python as well as Business Analytics.

The new scholarship opportunity is to bring job-ready educational opportunities to Basotho in the tech sector.

The applications which have been opened since March 9 are expected to close on April 20.

“The critical differentiating factor with Udacity’s Nanodegreee programmes is that it provides training, education, and experience using in-demand skills that Basotho can develop more quickly compared to education through traditional certification programmes,” said Mr Matlosa.

“Being part of a technology company and digital career transformation is at the top of our agenda. This collaboration offers an opportunity to help bridge the digital skills gap, offering Basotho youth access to developing much needed digital skills and thereby increasing their employability as well as stimulating career growth. We envision that this collaboration will help develop a more representative workforce in Lesotho, particularly in today’s top tech jobs”.

Udacity changes lives, businesses and nations through radical talent transformation in digital technologies. Its global, online talent transformation platform focuses on in demand digital technologies, mentor support and project based learning taught by industry experts.

Udacity has more than 100 enterprise customers including Airbus, Bertelsmann, BNP Paribas, Leidos, Mazda and the United States Air Force. It collaborates with more than 200 global industry partners including Google, Mercedes Benz and NVIDIA to power technical education.

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