Computer enthusiast and self-taught, Lamine Barro is a young Ivorian graduate in Biological Sciences at the University of Peléforo Gon Coulibaly (Ivory Coast). After working for Microsoft as an MSP and several local companies, he realizes the mismatch between training and employment and the positive impact that continuing education can have on professional careers. He therefore decided to embark on the Etudesk adventure full time by developing his e-learning platform.
Being one of the youngest leaders in his community, he is actively involved through NGOs to help young Africans develop their potential through training. For him, learning, in general and particularly e-learning, is "an asset for the development of the African continent".
Of the nearly 420 million young Africans aged 15 to 35, a third are unemployed and discouraged, another third have a vulnerable job and only one in six have a salaried job. Young people face about double the adult unemployment rate, with wide variations across countries. This problem is due to the growing skills shortage, as up-to-date and high-quality training offerings are not accessible on the continent. We strongly believe that digital can be part of the answer to this challenge.
This is why, since May 2016, Lamine BARRO created Etudesk in order to help companies and academic institutions to digitalize their training offers and to make them accessible to a greater number of people while improving the learning experience.
Over the past 4 years, 400+ organizations (SMEs, startups, corporations, government , international organizations) have used the Étudesk e-learning platform to train more than 50,000 people in 17 countries.
The long-term idea is to have a future generation of young professionals excellence and qualified in Africa.
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