Big Daddy Google has again showed us why they deserve the title “Daddy”. This they did by training 500,000 Nigerians with digital
intelligence in its Digital Skills for Africa
(DSA) programme in the DSA programme, Google has now trained one million youths across Africa, with Nigeria having the largest trainees (exactly why we are the giant of
The one million milestone was achieved within 11 months for the age bracket of 18 to 35 years.
The aim of the training is to see the 500,000
Nigerian trainees use the knowledge of the web to empower themselves and create multiple jobs. One can and should surely not underestimate the power of Digital skills and
technology generally, in self empowerment.
According to the Special Assistant, Innovation and Entreprenuership, Office of
the Vice President, Ife Adebayo, he said
government is committed to ensuring ICT
takes its rightful place in the scheme of
things as far as governance is concern.
I his own words, the change mantra would
only be achieved through technology.
Google, last year April, committed to train
one million Africans on digital skills within a year. “Today, it confirmed that it has reached its target early, and has set itself to train even more Africans in digital skills in the coming year.”
Google Nigeria Country Manager, Juliet
Ehimuan-Chiazor, said the web is a driver of economic growth, and is transforming
society as 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,”.
ABOUT DIGITAL SKILLS FOR AFRICA (DSA)
The Google Digital skills online portal has
made it possible for people to take
advantage of the free digital skills training
program. The Learning portal contains 89
online courses on a wide range of digital
subjects including social media
management, web analytics and mobile
marketing available in English.
In April 2016, Google announced to the world
its commitment to train one million people in
Africa on online digital skills with the aim of helping more young Africans access and
create web-based jobs, and contribute to the
growth of Africa’s digital economy.