HP To Train 100,000 In Africa Under HP LIFE Programme

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through its Foundation’s HP LIFE program and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa.

HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and fosters the company’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025 and to enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025, as outlined in the HP 2017 Sustainable Impact Report.

A statement by the IT firm indicates that by 2030, Africa will be home to 32 percent of the population under the age of 30, and the largest working-age population by 2035. Yet, the current youth unemployment in Africa is up to triple higher than adult unemployment.

It further states that HP LIFE offers free, online learning for users to gain the skills to start and grow their own business or improve their employment opportunities. Building on the success of this global program, HP is working with partners to open technology-enabled HP LIFE innovation centers to further support entrepreneurship and workforce development across the continent.

“We believe that education is a human right, that technology in the classroom is a critical component for a 21st-century education, and that in today’s economy our learning is never done,” said Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP Nate Hurst. He goes further to say that Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and digitization, therefore it is essential that people have access to learn skills for the work of tomorrow. This new HP LIFE Center provides a launchpad for innovation and opportunity across the continent.


In 2017, on the global stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, HP announced a commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. The commitment to education is a part of HP’s broader Sustainable Impact strategy, a strategy to use the scope, scale, and expertise of HP to drive positive, lasting change for the planet, its people and the communities where the company lives works and does business.

“Sustainable Impact is fundamental to our reinvention and core to achieving our vision – to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere,” said Hurst.

In collaboration with institutions such as the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Katlehong and its Centre of Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator, HP opened the HP LIFE Center in South Africa on November 30, a technology-enabled hub to facilitate learning, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in a physical, face-to-face setting.

Built on the belief that entrepreneurs are the backbone of the global economy, HP LIFE offers 30 free, online courses focused on business and IT skills – from business planning and marketing, to raising capital and design thinking. To date, HP LIFE has reached 744,000 learners in 200 countries and territories. All users need is a computer and Internet connection to access HP LIFE, and the new, physical center in South Africa will create a more formal educational environment. HP LIFE has an enrollment goal of 1 million users between 2016 and 2025.

At the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in January, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and HP Foundation announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP LIFE platform.


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