"As we celebrate Youth Month under the theme 'Youth Power; Growing South Africa Together In The Period Of Covid-19', it's essential to continue the conversation around the importance of digital skills as a driver for growth and job creation in Africa," says the duo.

The Youth Digital Skills Forum aims to bring together youth industry leaders to inspire and demonstrate the importance of digital skills in contributing to youth development and the economy.

Digify Africa has been delivering digital skills to youth since 2011. With the support of Facebook, programmes like Digify Pro and Boost with Facebook have upskilled over 10 000 young people and SMEs across South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Its mission is to ensure that young people and businesses are empowered to participate in the digital economy.

"The main objectives of this event are to inspire and inform young South Africans interested in careers in the digital space and to showcase how digital tools can be used to promote economic recovery through entrepreneurship and job creation, especially in the period of Covid-19," says Digify Africa COO Qhakaza Mohare.

Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, Facebook's head of public policy SADC, concludes, "The future of Africa is young. As we celebrate Youth Month in June, it's a timely reminder that developing digital and technology skills among the continent's young people is key to igniting economic recovery. We remain committed to investing in Africa's young people and helping to close the digital divide between and within countries."

The Youth Digital Skills will take place on Friday, 11 June and will be streamed live on Digify Africa's Facebook Page.

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