Gare d'Owendo train station in Libreville, Gabon. Photo credit: Ben Mack
HP has announced a new plan to help empower up to 100,000 people in Africa within the next three years.
The plan involves introducing HP's HP Life - a free online learning platform where users can gain skills to start and grow their own business or improve their employment opportunities - to communities throughout Africa, as well as encouraging more people to visit the new HP Life Centre in South Africa, which opened on November 30.
“We believe that education is a human right, that technology in the classroom is a critical component for a 21st century education, and that in today’s economy our learning is never done,” said Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer at HP. “Africa is experiencing rapid urbanisation and digitisation - and it’s essential that people have access to learn skills for the work of tomorrow.”
By 2030, Africa will be home to 32% of the world's population of people under the age of 30, and the largest working-age population in the world by 2035. Yet youth unemployment across Africa is about three times higher than adult unemployment.
HP announced in 2017 a goal of enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. That includes enrolling at least a million people in HP Life by 2025.
HP's latest plan was announced at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.