Free online courses for aspiring African software developers

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Dutch technology company Tunga has unveiled a new e-learning platform for software developers in Africa.

According to Tunga, this move aims to improve skills and create more opportunities for African developers.

Dubbed the Tunga Academy, the open e-learning platform offers four technical courses and three soft skills courses, such as effective online communication and situation awareness.

The platform, which is in beta version, will be updated following feedback from developers, making sure the courses are in line with market demand, says the tech firm.

In addition, Tunga plans to launch a testing platform, to enable developers to test and improve their skills.

“The Tunga Academy supports the developer community to upskill and reskill, whilst navigating remote work on the African continent. In the coming months, the number of courses will be increased to at least 25 before the end of 2021.”

Founded in 2015, Tunga is an initiative of social entrepreneur Ernesto Spruyt and non-profit organisation Butterfly Works. It is a company with a network of over 400 African software developers spread across Uganda, Nigeria and Egypt.

Commenting on the e-learning platform, Spruyt says: “Tunga works with the best talent available on the African market, but our aim is to invest in the entire talent pool. The launch of our e-learning platform, soon to be followed by our testing platform, is an important step in allowing African software developers to effectively improve their skills and assess where they stand.

“They can follow the courses, regardless of where they are in Africa, in their own time and at their own pace. And because being successful as a software developer is much more than just excelling technically, we also offer courses in soft skills. Our aim is to lead as much tech talent as possible to the opportunities available on the international job market. We can’t hire everyone, but we can share our knowledge.”

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