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Youth EdTech Challenge and Digital Upskilling Program- An OTL Activity

Are you a social innovator or youth based in Northeast Nigeria? Do you have a solution addressing the challenges of out-of-school children (OOSC)? Are you looking for opportunities to build your digital skills and entrepreneurship education?
Then join the conversation and be a part of the Opportunities to Learn (OTL) Activities aimed at finding solutions to the educational challenges faced by youth and out of school children in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe State.


The USAID’s Opportunities to Learn (OTL) Activity is a $25 million Cooperative Agreement implemented by the International Rescue Committee that aims to address the immediate education needs of out of school children (OOSC) and youth in Northeast Nigeria through safer new and existing non-formal education, while laying a groundwork for sustainable improvement of education systems at the community and government levels. The OTL also seeks to equip OOSC and youth with the foundational skills needed to progress to higher levels of education, training and/or engagement in the workforce.
Through a partnership with the Humanitarian Innovation Hub and Foundation, the IRC’s Edutank Hub is proud to launch an youth-led innovative approach to tackling these challenges through two major initiatives:
  1. The EdTech Innovation Challenge (#EdTech Challenge)
  2. Digital Upskilling Program


The EdTech Challenge brings together young innovators with creative and out-of-box solutions to the educational challenges faced by out of school children (OOSC) and youth across educational systems in Northeast Nigeria.
Through a hackathon process, the OTL Edutank team will work closely with the Humanitarian Innovation Hub to crowdsource, incubate and provide $10,000 in seed funds to the top 3 creative and innovative ideas that tackle the identified educational challenges.
If YES, apply to the EdTech Challenge today!


Successful applications will receive;

  • Seed funding to scale their idea
  • Incubation for viable product and business development
  • Mentorship & coaching from certified trainers

DEADLINE: Applications close on the 14th of April 2023.


The Digital Upskilling program is an opportunity aimed at bridging the digital literacy and entrepreneurship gap for youth in the Northeast for economic empowerment and employability. Working in partnership with innovation ecosystem partners such as; Wootlab Academy powered by Microsoft, Cisco NetAcad other partner Hubs in the region such as BlueSapphire and Codev Hub, our goal is to train 10,000 youth across a wide range of introductory, intermediate and advanced digital skills as well as work productivity training programs.


Through this collaborative approach, participants will gain access to a wide range of resources, tools and network for improving their digital skills, transitioning into the global talent force as well as building their entrepreneurial skills for job creation.

Other benefits include:

  • Data allocation to enroll into virtual classes
  • Global training certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and LinkedIn
  • Work tools such as tablets, computers and cell phones for top performers
  • Access to wide range of self-paced learning across partner agencies

DEADLINE: Applications close on the 14th of April 2023.