RAMALLAH, Monday, April 12, 2021 (WAFA) - Under the patronage of Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, the German AXSOS Academy yesterday graduated the first cohort of students within the Youth Coding Program supported by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment.
Forty-three students from different academic backgrounds and all regions in the West Bank have received intensive training over a four-month period by placing them in an environment that simulates the work environment and training through practice.
The course focused on the programming languages required in the local and global markets, in addition to focusing on developing soft skills to exceed the labor market.
The training is carried out by the German company AXSOS AG, which has been working for 12 years in the field of information technology and programming in addition to information security in its branches in Germany, Greece, and Palestine.
The ceremony was opened by Prime Minister Shtayyeh, who expressed his pride in the graduates and their achievement and he confirmed that this is the first step to achieve the goal of making Palestine an outsourcing destination, as the Academy aims to graduate 6000 students within two years.
"The world today, because of the technology revolution, is divided between fast and slow. The slow countries are poor and the fast states are rich. The Israeli occupation wants us, in addition to confiscating our land and natural resources, promoting settlement and obstructing access to global markets, to be a slow people with walls and barriers and separation between the West Bank and Gaza, not even access to Jerusalem, as well as the geographical fragmentation and the chance of establishing a state. But we will persevere with technology, will, and determination," said Shtayyeh addressing the graduates.
"We want the Coding Program to be a nucleus in order to give a label to Palestine that it has moved to the stage of the fourth industrial revolution, which we live today,” he said, adding, "This technological transformation in the world is important to us in terms of enhancing the human and economic capacities of the nation as a whole."
The Prime Minister said he wants this program to reformulate the study and skills of an unemployed university graduate and to rehabilitate any person who joins the coding program.
“If the outcomes of the educational process are inconsistent with the labor market, we should change the demand and supply, and our ability is to change the supply more than change the demand. Therefore, this program is based on creating a harmony between demand and supply in the labor market."
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, Osama Saadawi, expressed his content as the ministry is a main partner in the program, and he thanked the Minister of Tele-communication and IT, Isaac Seder, for hosting the First Cohort of the program and confirmed that the second session will start within a week at the Palestinian National School for Administration. He praised the efforts of AXSOS team in the training.
Musa Abu Zeid, head of the Palestinian General Personnel Bureau, stressed the importance of training and expressed his happiness for hosting the second Cohort at the Palestinian National School for Administration.
Frank Muller, CEO of AXSOS, the executing company, joined online and thanked all partners for their efforts in making the training a success. He confirmed the possibility of making Palestine an outsourcing destination if we build the capacity of youth to compete with quality.
The event was attended by the German Representative to Palestine, Christian Clages, and Japan's Representative to Palestine, Magoshi Masayuki.