The City of Johannesburg has launched a programme to educate Digital Interns in innovative modern age skills as part of the foundation phase of developing the Johannesburg smart city plan. The C.O.J.E.D.I (City of Johannesburg Educating Digital Interns) programme focuses on driving innovation and entrepreneurship through critical thinking, preparing students for employment and empowering them to significantly participate in the mainstream of the ICT sector and the burgeoning economy.
The media launch of the second intake of learners took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newton where Vumani Mangali, Broadband Project Manager at the City of Johannesburg discussed the initiatives that the City of Johannesburg is undertaking to represent tangible actions and offerings currently in the C.O.J.E.D.I programme.
Key stakeholders and partners to the programme FiberCo, Microsoft, Cisco, Technology Innovation Agency, IBM and Nunnovation Africa Foundation reiterated their commitment to upskilling the youth in the programme and echoed to the learners that they represent the City’s commitment to combating youth unemployment.
The City’s Leadership and its partners exhibited the handing over of laptops to the second co-hort of interns. The 250 learners in the room shared their excitement in the opportunity by chanting the programme’ s famous war cry “ I AM COJEDI, IAM AN INTERN AND MY LIFE IS MOVING FORWARD “
The interns will over the next 3 months dedicate their time to their technical training where they will become some of the cities brightest IT minds. These skills will at the end of the programme position these youths as commercially employable in the ICT sector.
The City invited key ICT stakeholders to engage at a cocktail function on the outcomes of the learners past their 4 months of technical training. The cocktail function hosted by Khathu Mashu, Programme Director informed stakeholders about the project and its outcomes based initiatives, prioritising the growth and involvement of the youth in the ICT sector.
The programme has identified below areas of engagement from stakeholders:
- Work placement: assisting the programme in facilitating work place experience for interns,
- Experiential Learning: Partnering to enable international exposure for young IT minds.
- Enterprise Development : Supporting youth interns who wish to develop organizations of their own in the ICT sector