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 Africa).
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.