DUTCH COMPANY TUNGA CONTINUES TO INVEST IN THE AFRICAN TALENT POOL
TUNGA LAUNCHES NEW E-LEARNING PLATFORM FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS IN AFRICA
Amsterdam, 7th July 2020 – Worldwide, working remotely is the new normal. For Tunga, working remotely is business as usual. With a network of over 400 software developers in countries like Egypt, Nigeria, and Uganda, the Dutch tech company offers high-quality yet affordable software services. Determined to make a meaningful contribution to Africa and to create more opportunities for African developers, Tunga has now launched an e-learning platform. The Tunga Academy offers free online courses for African tech talent. It is part of the company’s investment program for educational resources worth €450K, €200K, which was granted to Tunga under the German develoPPP program last October. Not only people that work with Tunga can access the courses, but any (aspiring) African software developer is also welcome to join.
First, open e-learning platform for software developers focusing on Africa
At the moment, the Tunga Academy – the first open e-learning platform for software developers entirely focusing on Africa – offers four technical courses and three soft skills courses, such as effective online communication and situational awareness. It is a beta version that will be updated following feedback from developers, ensuring the courses align with the market’s demand. In addition, Tunga is launching a testing platform this summer to enable developers to test and improve their skills. The Tunga Academy supports the developer community to upskill and reskill while navigating remote work on the African continent. In the coming months, the number of courses will be increased to at least 25 before the end of 2021.
Leading tech talent
Ernesto Spruyt, founder of Tunga, about the new e-learning platform: “Tunga works with the best talents available on the African market, but we aim to invest in the entire talent pool. The launch of our e-learning platform, soon to be followed by our testing platform, is an important step in allowing African software developers to improve their skills and assess where they stand effectively. They can follow the courses, regardless of where they are in Africa, in their own time and at their own pace. And because being successful as a software developer is much more than just excelling technically, we also offer courses in soft skills. We aim to lead as much tech talent as possible to the opportunities available in the international job market. We can’t hire everyone, but we can share our knowledge!”
Tunga is a Dutch company with a network of over 400 African software developers spread across Uganda, Nigeria, and Egypt. The platform, founded in 2015, is an initiative of social entrepreneur Ernesto Spruyt and the not-for-profit organisation Butterfly Works. Tunga meets the worldwide demand for software developers by offering local young African tech talent. These technicians are smart, capable, and professional but still have limited access to challenging, well-paid jobs. Tunga drives a change by supplying high-quality software developed by African experts quickly and affordably, enabling these experts to grow, succeed, and take their spot in the international tech sector. See for more information Tunga.io.
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