On Thursday, 15 April 2021, at the former Fokou Akwa (Douala), the official launching ceremony of the Inclusive Help Class - INCH CLASS Digital Training Centre was organized in partnership with Simplon Co. and the Société Générale Foundation, under the patronage of the representative of the Governor of the Littoral Region.

The Centre, which opened its doors since the beginning of April to the first batch of 30 learners for free training in web professions, has as ambition to guide them towards employment, in order to meet manpower needs of this sector in Cameroon. It is also intended to contribute to the attainment of the Cameroon National Development Strategy 2020-2030 goals, promoted by the Government of our country.

As part of its mission to improve the employability of young people by developing skills in the fields of digital technology and artificial intelligence, INCH CLASS offers innovative training alongside university courses, which will help to enrich the educational options. The opening of the Douala Branch is therefore in line with the deployment of the "African Tech Bridge" project and is intended to complement the partnership in Sub-Saharan Africa, after Dakar, Abidjan and Ouagadougou.

A long-standing partner of Simplon Co., the Société Générale Foundation is joining to support this initiative because it is in line its strategic goals. It is also supporting Simplon Co. in Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia. Since it mainly funds projects in line with education, access to training, development of income-generating activities, socio-professional integration, with particular attention paid to the emancipation of women, it mobilizes an increasing amount funds for these projects in the Group's African subsidiaries every year.

Since 2019, the Foundation has also developed a program combining financial sponsorship and skill-based sponsorship called “AFMO Charity Awards”. Société Générale Cameroun was the winner through its support to a local association that was presented at Group level last year. Since its creation, 18 projects with a strong social impact in Africa have received support from the Société Générale Foundation in 10 countries, with over XAF 600 million mobilized. Our ambition is that our country, through Société Générale Cameroun, should take a major place in the orientation of future funding, by developing flagship projects, like INCH CLASS, which we are delighted to launch today.