African Knowledge Exchange (AKE) Creative Media Venture Start Ups Launch and Projects Showcase
On 6th December, 2016 The Global E- Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) marked the end of the first phase of the Digital Creative Media programme.This one year initiative , with the 21 participants, having completed their training in Animation, Games and Apps design and development and Music and Sound Design, were awarded certificates in AKE –Digital Creative Media and progressed to the final phase of the programme – the formal launch for seven start up companies Present were : representatives from Kenyan law firms,Ministry of Education, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire, Ministry of ICT, Kenya, the private sector,Technical,Vocational and Education Training (TVET) and Creative Media in Zambia. GESCI implemented AKE as an innovative contribution to addressing unemployment among the youth in Kenya; to build a model of training in the creative digital arts which can be replicated throughout Africa.Speaking at the event,GESCI’s CEO, Jerome Morrissey, said “Youth unemployment is a central challenge to be addressed throughout Africa and AKE is pioneering skills development in new areas influenced by digital technologies for job creation. The seven startups cover the skills acquired in Games and Apps, in Animation and in Music and Sound Design to provide related services.The startups are registered under the business act of the Kenyan Government. Ms. Jane Muchiri, Director Youth Affairs in the Ministry of ICT said that Kenya is in the process of adopting whole-school use of ICTs which will help our youth have ICT skills to fit in the job market. Aboubacar Coulibaly from Ministry of Education Côte d’Ivoire pointed out that we can provide solutions to youth unemployment in Africa. We have opportunities to solve these problems and to develop models of training and enterprise supports that AKE is currently developing.