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The Cortex Hub and Digital Skills Africa: Empowering Youth Through Technology

The Cortex Hub is thrilled to announce a powerful new partnership with Digital Skills Africa, a non-profit organisation (NPC) dedicated to igniting hope and driving socio-economic transformation through digital empowerment. This collaboration aligns perfectly with our core mission: supporting and nurturing the growth of socially impactful startups.

At The Cortex Hub, we've championed innovation for over a decade. We believe innovation thrives in a diverse and inclusive environment, fostered by transparency and collaboration. This has led us to create a supportive ecosystem where entrepreneurs can flourish.

Pictured at the Ribbon Cutting: Preshantha Naidoo, Managing Director at Digital Skills Africa, Ndileka Stuurman, Business Development Manager at Cisco Networking Academy (South Africa) and Sia Mausi, Founder of Media Maus & Operations Manager at the Cortex Hub

Over the years, we've witnessed a growing skills gap in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) education, particularly among underprivileged youth in the Eastern Cape. We understand that a lack of exposure to technology and skills stifles innovation. As we enter our 11th year, education and training have become a cornerstone of our initiatives. From hosting fibre optics technical training programs, coding and robotics, to offering various other skills-building opportunities, we've consistently strived to bridge this gap.

This partnership with Digital Skills Africa perfectly complements our ongoing efforts. Together, we'll administer a range of Cisco Certifications such as , Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CyberOps Associate and DevNet Associate certifications to young people seeking to upskill themselves. These certifications will equip them with industry-recognised credentials, preparing them for immediate employment or further business incubation opportunities at The Cortex Hub.

Clayton Naidoo, Senior Director at Cisco & Founder of Digital Skills Africa, delivering a keynote address at the Cisco Lab Launch

In accordance with this exciting partnership, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Cortex Hub Digital Skills Academy Lab, powered by the Cisco Networking Academy. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as the cornerstone of our collaborative effort, providing a dynamic learning environment for our students. Equipped with industry-grade technology and led by dynamic instructors, the Lab will empower young people in the Eastern Cape to acquire the skills and certifications necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving digital world, while encouraging peer to peer networking.

How the Partnership Benefits Youths

This initiative offers a multitude of benefits for young people in the Eastern Cape:

Enhanced Skills and Employability: Cisco certifications are highly sought-after in the IT industry. Earning these certifications will significantly increase graduates' employability and open doors to exciting career opportunities.

Exposure to Cutting-Edge Technologies: The program will provide participants with hands-on experience with industry-leading technologies, preparing them for the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Building Confidence: Acquiring new skills and certifications fosters confidence and self-belief, empowering graduates to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Access to Mentorship and Resources: The Cortex Hub and Digital Skills Africa offers a vibrant community of mentors and resources, providing ongoing support and guidance to program graduates.

A Brighter Future Through Collaboration

The digital divide is a real challenge, but through strategic partnerships like this one, we can bridge the gap and empower young people to become active participants in the digital economy. This initiative not only equips them with valuable skills but also fosters a spirit of innovation that will contribute to a brighter future for the Eastern Cape.

Jezeiyn Naidoo, Operations Manager at Digital Skills Africa

We are incredibly excited to embark on this journey with Digital Skills Africa. By combining our expertise and resources, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of young people in our community. This collaborative effort signifies The Cortex Hub's and Digital Skills Africa's unwavering commitment to building a future fueled by inclusive innovation. We invite you to join us in empowering the next generation of tech leaders.

Partnerships Associate at the Cortex Hub, Lunga Feni giving a welcoming address at the launch.

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