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Digital literacy for Africa: Google trains 1m Africans in digital skills

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Empowering African youths with  IT  knowledge,  Global search engine, Google, has  disclosed that it has trained one million Africans in digital skills in eleven months.

The technology firm  also  confirmed that it has reached its target early, and has set itself to train even more Africans in digital skills in the coming year.

The Digital Skills programme offers 89 courses through the online  portal, and Google works with 14 training partners covering more than 20 countries to offer face to face training.

L – R: Smart Akande, Legal Adviser, Office of SSA to the President on sustainable development goals, Moni Udoh, Director ICT, Ministry of Communication, Bunmi Banjo, Head of Brands and Digital Skills at Google Nigeria, Ife Adebayo, Special Assistant, Innovation & Entrepreneurships, office of the Vice President at the Google Digital Skills for Africa 1M Milestone Announcement that held recently at The George, Lagos.

The programme is expected to address  needs for small business owners, who are looking to better understand how to take advantage of the web across Africa.

Accordingly,  Google will add web-focused skills training for SMEs across Africa as part of this initiative.

In addition to the new target, Google is extending its commitment to the Digital Skills programme by assisting local communities further in several ways including provision of  offline versions of its online training materials to reach individuals and businesses in low access areas where it is unable to hold physical training sessions.

Additionally, Google would  provide offline versions of the content in languages like Hausa, Swahili and IsiZulu.

The Digital Skills programme offers 89 courses through the online https://digitalskills.w ithgoogle.com/ portal, and Google works with 14 training partners covering more than 20 countries to offer face to face training.

Speaking on the new development, Google Nigeria country Manager Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, in a press conference in Lagos last week,   said that the  Web is a driver of economic growth,  transforming society as a whole.

“ People must be equipped, through training and reskilling to make use of the tools, and take advantage of it for entrepreneurship, employment and e-inclusion,

” Our goal with this and previous web training initiatives is to enable more people across the continent better understand how to leverage the Web tools for growth – to give them access to better employment and/or the skills to start their own businesses.

“A digitally skilled Africa is good for everyone – for our economy, for entrepreneurs and individuals. And yes, good for internet companies like Google”

“Having 1 million digitally skilled young people in Africa is good for everyone. If young people have the right skills, they’ll build businesses, create jobs and boost economic growth across the continent,” Bunmi Banjo, Growth Engine & Brand Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, adding that, “As we expand this initiative to reach more local areas across the continent, we hope to see more impact in everyday lives of Africans.”

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