Speaking during the recent Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) graduation ceremony held at the Belmont Square in Cape Town, South Africa. Development economist and radio presenter, Ayabonga Cawe said:
“Siri can’t even pronounce my surname,” lamented the Xhosa speaking Cawe. However, he was quick to point out that that was a tremendous opportunity for all the emerging fintech entrepreneurs.
Cawe was speaking while addressing the first cohort of graduate from the EDSA academy. He was urging the graduates to harness the power of data science and put it in an African context for the greater good of driving forward the development of the economies of their immediate surroundings.
EDSA was graduating 94 students from its first intake of learners who undertook the 12-months-long Accredited Data Science Skills program. EDSA registers a 100% pass rate. Something that is nothing short of a tremendous achievement given the majority of the learners had only matric skills at the time of starting the program.
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