November 11, 2013   //  By: Susan Galer

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SAP and World Bank Partnership

Connecting Education to Jobs in Africa

SAP collaborates with the World Bank to focus on education and skills development, most notably through the SAP Skills for Africa program.

Education is a wonderful thing, but in this day and age it’s most powerful when it leads to real jobs. That’s the idea behind SAP’s latest partnership with the World Bank to provide disadvantaged people in Africa with skills training, mentorship, and eventually jobs.

“We want to connect education to job growth. It’s not only about just training the next generation of IT professionals, but also making sure that they’re employable and employed,” says Goutam Dev, Business Manager, Office of the CEO at SAP Africa.

SAP collaborates with World Bank

SAP’s collaboration with the World Bank aligns with a shared focus on education and skills development, notably through the former’s Skills for Africa program. SAP’s commitment to this worthy endeavor starts at the highest company level. Skills for Africa is sponsored by SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe and Pfumgwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa. Serima visited the U.S. a couple of weeks ago to sign the agreement with the World Bank. In addition to meetings with public and private sector leaders in Washington, D.C., Serima was a panelist speaker at the 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Chicago.


Photo: SAP

Samia Melhem, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, and Randeep Sudan, ICT Sector Manager, World Bank, with Pfungwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa, Alexander Meyer, Vice President, SAP Global Private Equity & International Funding Institutions, and Goutam Dev, Business Manager, Office of the CEO at SAP Africa. (Photo: SAP)

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More about this topic:  Africa, Education, Jim Hagemann Snabe


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