Google rolls out plan to train a million young Africans in digital skills


GOOGLE has announced that it will train one million young Africans in digital skills in the next year.

The technology giant will‚ in partnership with Cape Town based nonprofit organisation Livity Africa‚ run two training programmes namely "Digify Bytes", which will give digital skills to young people looking to develop a digital career; and "Digify Pro", a three-month immersion programme for digital specialists.

In addition‚ Google on Tuesday launched the online learning portal‚ offering a range of digital skills courses to anyone in Africa, free of charge.

At the moment nine training courses are available‚ but the aim is to increase that number to 50 by July.

"The Digify programmes (which are all free) will provide tools and knowledge on subjects including building an online presence‚ creating content‚ understanding web design and user experience‚ social media and app development"‚ said the company in a statement.

Google South Africa’s country director Luke McKend says "the internet is at the heart of economic growth and the digital skills programme is aimed at helping more Africans play a part in the digital economy".

"Everyone can succeed online‚ start a new business‚ grow their existing one‚ or share their passion"‚ he said.
Source: BDLive 12 April 2016