2019 Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ takes off

Huawai Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, has launched a new round of its global flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programme ‘Seeds for the Future’.

‘Seeds for the Future’ is a programme that selects students from various tertiary institutions in Ghana, after a competitive process to join other students from 5 different countries across the globe, for an educational programme in China.

Ghana is said to be the first West African country to launch this programme, and since its inception in 2015, 50 outstanding students from top Ghanaian universities have already benefitted from this programme.

This year, through a joint effort with the Ministry of Communications and Huawei Ghana, 10 deserving students from the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Koforidua Technical University and Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) with various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and engineering backgrounds have been selected to participate in this career-transforming opportunity, thus increasing the number to 60.

The programme is designed to cultivate more Information Technology (IT) talent in the selected students and put them on a pedestal in the world of IT, while providing them endless opportunities throughout their two-week stay in Shenzhen and Beijing.

At Shenzhen, there will be one week of practical hands-on training for beneficiaries at the headquarters of Huawei, while students will be taken through ICT lessons and 5th Generation (5G) Network exercises as well as Enterprise Management Experience-sharing from top IT experts and engineers.

The programme was launched at the Ministry of Communications in Accra and saw the attendance of the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekaful; Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Ghana, Tommy Zhou; Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Chai Zhijing and other industry players.

“Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have become crucial growth-engines for many different industries. As a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully-connected intelligent world,” saidT ommy Zhou, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Huawei Ghana.

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Over the course of the programme, Huawei will share its ICT expertise and experience in managing a multinational organisation with young ICT professionals, and thus fuel the development of local ICT industries. Again, it will give the students a chance to for the first time build a global outlook by meeting with other talent from all walks of life, sharing and exchanging their experiences professionally and personally.

He said Huawei believes that access to education is vital to create opportunities that support fair and sustainable development in economies; hence, their global CSR initiatives largely focus on education and knowledge transfer. This, to them, is the main reason for ‘Seeds for the Future’, Huawei’s global flagship programme.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful commended Huawei for its efforts, and encouraged the selected students to take advantage of the opportunity given them.

She indicated that government is committed in supporting this initiative as part of Ghana’s goal of building the ICT capacity of its youth to help materialise government’s digital transformation agenda.

“Together with our allied agencies and partners, we are ready to support business initiatives to create jobs and transform our communities. Government will continue to support individuals and businesses to adopt ICT solutions so as to enhance their business operations,” she added.

She explained that for innovation to take root, the government of Ghana will continue to create an enabling ICT environment to help build the required digital skills needed to succeed in the unfolding digital revolution that is taking place globally.

The innovation, she said, will not only be based on infrastructure but also on well-trained human resources to enable the country create its own software and applications in the industry for its own purposes.

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She indicated that nurturing and growing the talent pool through digital literacy will ensure a purposeful future for the youth of Ghana, who will in the next few years be at the helm of affairs in the country and move the digital economy to the next level.

In the course of this digital revolution, some traditional jobs have been disrupted. However, this has given rise to numerous businesses – so much so that data protection has created a talent pool of new professionals as far as cyber security is concerned. “I am delighted for these young people and about the prospect of providing leadership in the tech ecosystem of Ghana,” said Mrs. Owusu-Ekufu.

“All student participants must remember that the initiative is not to only be ambassadors of Huawei but Ghana as well. Many people will meet Ghana in you, and so it is incumbent on you to put your best foot forward and showcase the best part of our culture,” she added.

The Counsellor of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Chai Zhijing, said Huawei is committed to creating more ICT talent in the country.

A beneficiary of 2018 Seed for the Future drive, Ida Padikuor Na-Tei, said her two-week experience in China has imparted significant progress and has been a major eye-opener for the 2018 beneficiaries.

“The Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme exposed us to cutting-edge technologies, and we were privileged to have been part of this programme. The lessons we had on cloud computing, IoT, 4G and 5G elevated our knowledge base and gave us a deeper understanding, and also set us on a pedestal to know more and do more with new technologies,” she added.

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