Google kicks off Digital Skills For Africa program in Aba, Eastern Nigeria.
Google Nigeria yesterday announced the launch of its Google Digital Skills for Africa Program in Aba and other local communities in Abia State, Eastern Nigeria. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Eldorado Hotel and Events Centre, Aba.
Google’s Digital Skills for Africa program offers training courses to help individuals and communities develop and grow digital skills, find jobs and advance in their careers.The program provides free online courses, tools, and in-person digital training to students, educators, job seekers, start-ups and established businesses.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the unemployment rate in Nigeria as at December 2017 was 18.8% (16 million people) and under-employment at 21.2%.
The youth make up 60% of Africa’s unemployed, developing digital entrepreneurship and creating new job opportunities for them is critical to Africa’s transformative growth,” says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head, Brand & Reputation, SSA at Google. “We’re doing this because we believe that more needs to be done to empower young Africans to succeed in the digital world.
Google announced its Digital Skills for Africa initiative way back in 2016, when it committed to training One Million young Africans within one year. In 2017 it extended the programme for another 5 years in order to reach Ten Million Africans. Last year Google announced plans to help more people in Africa prepare for jobs of the future through local community-focused Digital Skills Training programs. In total over Three Million people have now acquired different levels of digital skills in 29 countries across Africa through face-to-face training as well as via the online platform – g.co/digitalskills which is available in English, French and Portuguese.
Barrister Chris Ezem, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) representing Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State Governor, at the Google Digital Skills for Africa launch in Aba said that, “The Government of Abia State is excited to have Google introduce the Digital Skills Training to the business community and local manufacturers in Aba, Abia State; that that will drive business expansion, help to increase sales and create employment opportunities in Abia State.” He further said that, “The world is now a global place as a result of information technology and Abia through the Digital Skills Training by Google will be able to key into the digital narrative, giving Aba, the commercial hub in Nigeria, the needed visibility.
Onyebuchi Nwigwe, President, Association of Tailors and Fashion Designers in Abia State, expressed his innermost appreciation to Google for introducing and bringing the Google Digital Skills Training to local manufacturers in Aba, Abia State. In his words, he said that, “The association is opened to receive the training from Google because they know that as fashion designers and tailors they will be able to properly compete with their counterparts across the world after they have adopted and introduced the digital skills to their business models.”
The Digital Skills for Africa programme is designed and aimed to address the skills needs of job seekers and small business owners, and has to date been rolled out in about 100 communities across a number of countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. By engaging directly with the communities that can most benefit from the training, Google is able to identify the specific needs of these communities, support their local growth activities and ensure the impact is felt not just on an individual but also at a community level.