Founded back in 2012, Uganda’s Outbox Innovation Hub has been championing the development of technology entrepreneurship in Uganda. The hub is trying to bridge the gap between the demand for skilled software engineers, with the supply of talented engineers. It does so through partnerships, and innovative programs have seen startups benefit from business training, mentorship opportunities, technical guidance, and seed funding.
Outbox has inked a partnership with Kenya’s Moringa School that will see the two host a series of coding boot camps geared towards imparting industry relevant software engineering skills to the youths.
A boot camp will entail a short yet intensive technical training session, where the participants will be taught computer programming skills that are most relevant to the current industry. The two organization promise the boot camp will equip the participants with skills that are currently on most demand from the employers.
The boot came series dubbed, Outbox EDU, will see Outbox provide Moringa School’s technology training course a five-week full-time computer science fundamentals course referred to as the ‘Moringa Prep’ this June.
The Moringa Prep will cover the fundamental concepts of all high-level programming languages. If you would like to apply to this program, follow this link.
Through the partnership, Outbox will tap into Moringa’s experience in developing and delivering industry-relevant technology education. It will also tap into its 50+ hiring partners all over the African continent to ensure that Outbox EDU graduates receive employment opportunities after graduation.
“With this partnership, our young people will be able to tap into world-class learning and employment opportunities, thus improving the quality of our offering to potential software engineers in Uganda,” said Richard Zulu, the CEO of +Outbox.
“Our collaboration with Moringa School goes a long way in supporting our mission to grow inclusive communities that foster talent where we operate. We are very excited to be working with them in Uganda and tapping into a pan-African network.”
Besides the technical skills, Moringa’s blended learning approach will allow for Outbox EDU participants to receive soft skills that also prepare them for the job or entrepreneurship market, supporting their transition to the labor market.
Moringa Prep will be offered to individuals with limited or no experience in software engineering. All one needs is to have the passion, be computer literate, and have considerations of pursuing a career in technology.
“We are excited to launch in Kampala, Uganda with an incredible partner like Outbox Hub. This partnership will ensure we continue to provide access to our quality education programs to more individuals in other parts of the continent,” said Audrey Cheng, the co-Founder, and CEO of Moringa School.
The Moringa Prep initiative under Outbox EDU will run from June 2018 to July 2018. It will select up to 35 participants for five weeks of intensive training, with a focus on both technical skills and soft skills. Through the partnership with Moringa School, Outbox seeks to train up to 200 software developers each year.
About Moringa School
Moringa School is an accelerated learning institution founded back in 2014 that strives to provide its students with both digital and professional skills training. It is an intensive tech education program based in Nairobi, Kenya. The school has been successful in Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, and Hong Kong.
In 2018 alone, it received over 400 applicants and taught 200+ students. Moringa School has a 95% job placement rate, and its graduates earn an average 350% salary increase after leaving the program.