Google To Train 10 Million Africans In Digital Skills


Google has announced plans to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable

The U.S. technology giant also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa according to a company spokeswoman.

This pledge by Google marked an expansion of an initiative launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced earlier in March that it had reached its initial target of training one million people.

Google also announced plans to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship and working space access to more than 60 African start-ups over three years.

In addition, YouTube will roll out a new app, YouTube Go, aimed at improving video streaming over slow networks, said Johanna Wright, vice president of YouTube.

YouTube Go is being tested in Nigeria as of June, and the trial version of the app will be offered globally later this year, she said.