Since 2012, HP LIFE has reached numerous users around the world who it has assisted to start businesses, advance careers, and reach greater heights. It champions education as a crucial component in success and technology as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Africa is prime for this intervention on account of the worsening youth unemployment rate and the expansion of urban areas across the continent, both of which are set to deepen by 2030 when 32% of the population will be under the age of 30 thus becoming the largest working age population by 2035.

“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 Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP said on the programs website. “Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and digitization—and it’s 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.”

“Everyone deserves the right to a great education irrespective of their circumstances, and we know technology can help level the playing field, particularly in underrepresented communities, by creating innovative learning experiences,” said Debby McIsaac, Executive Director of the HP Foundation.

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HP LIFE in South Africa

Building on the success of this global program, HP is working with partners to actively open technology-enabled HP LIFE innovation centers in a bid to enroll 1 million students worldwide between 2016 and 2025.

The new center, in South Africa that opened in November 2018 was developed by HP in collaboration with institutions such as the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Katlehong and its Centre of Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator. It is a technology hub that facilitates learning, collaboration, and skills development in a physical setting.

On the programs website, Debby McIsaac, Executive Director of the HP Foundation said, “We’re delighted that HP LIFE is helping people in South Africa unlock their potential and develop the skills they need for a successful future.”

“This new HP LIFE Center provides a launchpad for innovation and opportunity across the continent.” Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer at HP added.

To date HP LIFE has reached 744,000 learners in 200 countries and territories. Of these nearly 106,000 people across Africa have received the training since 2007. In Tunisia alone is been included in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) youth employment project branded “Mashrou3i which has created 3,400 jobs and 450 start-ups while aiming to create 6,000 more jobs by 2021.