Thales Solidarity and Polaris Asso join forces to support Senegalese women in digital professions

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The French Development Agency (French Development Agency) estimates that 60% of Africans today are under the age of 24 and 35% of the world’s young people will be in Africa by 2035.

According to the International Monetary Fund, nearly 20 million jobs will have to be created each year in Africa to accommodate these new workers, instead of the 10 million currently created each year.

Studies show that in Senegal, young women are the most affected by the lack of access to employment. A recent study by the International Labor Organization showed that access to the Internet and training in information and communication technologies enable local women to start businesses, sell their products, find better jobs wages and access to education, health and financial services.

Faced with the urgency of job creation, Thales Solidarité and Polaris Asso, in partnership with the French Embassy in Senegal and UN Women, are joining forces to launch a new program to support young Senegalese women in careers. digital.

The six-month program combines the expertise of various associations to give scholarship recipients the best chance of entering and remaining in the job market, whether as employees or entrepreneurs, and to develop their skills as local leaders.

Besides the main sponsors of the program mentioned above, other organizations are also involved in the initiative. These include:

  • OpenClassrooms
  • Talent2Africa, and
  • the Senegal Youth Consortium (Senegal Youth Consortium).

Ousseynou Gueye, executive director of Polaris Asso, says the initiative is a major innovation for Francophone Africa.

Gueye adds: “This program aims to train young Senegalese women in digital technology and to encourage the new talents that Africa needs for its development: women with key skills for the 21st century who are engaged citizens who are dedicated to solving social problems. Through this program, we are giving them the tools to play an active role in the digital transition that the country’s economy needs to achieve sustainable growth.”

Contribute to the digital transformation of local businesses
During their training, fellows will learn the importance of digital citizenship and volunteer to lead digital education workshops for local middle and high school students.

They will also contribute to the development of the local economy through mentoring projects and practical internships where they can apply the skills acquired during their training and gain work experience in women-led SMEs.

Roselyne Cartheron, Director of Thales West and Central Africa, says: “Thales has made a clear social commitment to the inclusion of women. We are therefore very honored to participate in this professional integration project through the charitable fund Thales Solidarité.

“We would like to support these young women by giving them skills and teaching them to become digital citizens so that they can make a difference in Senegal and beyond. This initiative reflects Thales’s goal to build a future we can all trust in,” adds Cartheron.

According to the duo, the launch of the first batch of fellows is on International Women’s Day.

After selecting the first 50 scholarship recipients for the pilot phase of the program in January 2022, a launch ceremony took place on Monday, March 28 at the Résidence de France in Dakar.

At the event, alongside HE Philippe Lalliot, French Ambassador to Senegal, was present Professor Ismaïla Madior Fall, Minister of State to the President of the Republic of Senegal. He expressed the appreciation of the Government of Senegal for this program, which will contribute to solving the critical problem of unemployment in the country.

The event, which took place under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, brought together several diplomatic delegations present in Senegal as well as Thales employees, represented by Roselyne Cartheron (Director of Thales West Africa and du Centre) and Yan Levy (Director of Strategy and Business Development, Africa).

For more information, visit www.thalesgroup.com. You can also follow Thales Solidarity on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.

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