The Challenge: How do we prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity?
Education is a cornerstone of sustainable development. Yet more than half of the 1.8 billion young people (aged 10-24) worldwide will not have the right skills for the workforce. The rapid growth of technology and globalisation - the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – is changing our daily personal and work lives. While these advancements are bringing benefits to many, millions are at risk of being left behind.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) clearly recognise that the skills gap must be addressed, through the focus of equitable and quality education. But the evolving nature of work means rethinking the skills and opportunities needed for success.
Arielle Kitio founded CAYSTI (Cameroon Youth School Tech Incubator) in 2017.
CAYSTI's mission is to develop and promote innovative tech tools to leverage egalitarian access to quality education and meaningful learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
Since 2017, CAYSTI has trained over 6,500 young people in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo, using innovative tools certified by both the Africa Union and UNESCO ICT. The tools include abcCode: an intelligent e-learning platform initiating kids from the age of 7 to creative programming and robotics. The new CAYSTI training centre in Cameroon is dedicated to low-income students and refugees from neighbouring countries.
Lead2030 will enable CAYSTI to invest in new technologies, computers and robotics kits to equip the new centre as well as supporting coding camps engaging 500 young people.