Google planning to train 10 million Africans in digital skills
Yes this is the news we need for the African continent, investment from the global giant GOOGLE!
Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai ,visited Nigeria recently and announced that Google plans to train approximately 10 million Africans in digital skills over the next five years.
In addition $20 million in grants will be made available to start-up companies offering modified versions of YouTube-like products in Africa. It has to be adapted to the specific needs of the African market where internet is expensive (people pay for data plans) and internet speed is slower than in the western world.
Google wants to increase its presence on the African continent and show the people that Google is here to stay. Google pledged to train 10 million Africans under its Digital Skills for Africa initiative. Interested entrepreneurs can register for free in the three categories: basic internet use, business development or career advancement.
Pichai further mentioned that the benefits for African SMEs and/or entrepreneurs are not to be underestimated. They can learn to use the many free Google tools and apps for the benefit of their own businesses. For example a hardware store can make sure they are listed on Google maps so it can be easily found by people looking for hardware.
Better browsing and YouTube Go
At the same time several other developments are ongoing like YouTube Go and a more efficient browsing feature that is customized for Africa where slower connections are the norm.
All in all good news for us in Africa and let’s hope this will boost the overall economy and bring about more technological advancements and innovations by African entrepreneurs.
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