SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
AfLIA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mentors Without Borders(MWB), a group of passionate professionals who are helping underprivileged young people become passionate professionals themselves. With mentors who are mostly professional computer programmers from more than 15 countries, MWB is collaborating with AfLIA to train young librarians in web development, mobile development or artificial intelligence/machine learning.
This thrust by AfLIA is critical considering the noted need for African Librarians to gain more IT skills to meet the heightened demands on information professionals as teaching, learning and all manners of engagement migrate online. Also, demographics show that Africa has a definite young bulge with rising unemployment figures. Thus, equipping young librarians with IT skills will open up more pathways of employment opportunities in African Library sector.
The Opening Session for Cohort 1 of the programme which is meant to run for not more than 4months, took place on Saturday 12th September, 2020. The Cohort is made up of ten (10) young people. Participants were drawn from National Library Associations in Africa who had been requested by AfLIA to nominate young unemployed, vibrant librarians or those already working who have shown promise/interest in IT related matters. The participants are;
|1||Elangwe Bob Maurice Mboh||Cameroon|
|4||Samuel Babbington Norteye||Ghana|
During the Opening session on Zoom, Edmond Pruteanu and Ritik Dua of MWB helped the participants to understand what to expect within the 3-4 months of the programme and what their obligations are as pertains to completing assignments and attending all the training sessions.
It is expected that Cohort 2 of the programme will take off in January, 2021.