The UN children's fund (UNICEF) announced that the first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) opened yesterday on 15th January, 2020 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The move is part of efforts to promote the use of drones in programmes and services that will impact the lives of children and young people.
“Humanitarian and development programme delivery in Africa and beyond can benefit significantly from the application of drone technology,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “The African Drone and Data Academy will be instrumental in equipping young people with the skills they need to use the technology to benefit children and their communities.”
Building on the work of Africa’s first humanitarian corridor launched in Malawi in 2017, the academy will develop expertise in the use of drones for humanitarian, development and commercial purposes across the continent through a 12-week course. It plans to train approximately 150 students to build and pilot drones by 2021. Funding from UNICEF’s partners will provide free tuition to the first cohort of 26 students from across Africa.
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