Google plans to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills

Google plans to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills
Google plans to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills
Alphabet Inc's Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable, said its CEO on Thursday.

The US technology giant also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, said a spokesman for the company.
Google plans to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills

Google's promise marked the expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. He announced in March that he had achieved his initial goal of training a million people.

The company is committed to preparing another 10 million people for jobs in the future over the next five years, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a corporate conference in the commercial capital Nigeria of Lagos.

Google said it would offer a combination of in-person and online training. Google said on its blog that it does language training, including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu, and is trying to ensure that at least 40% Of the people trained are women. He did not say how much the program costs.

Africa, with its rapidly growing population, falling data costs and the massive adoption of mobile phones, largely using a personal computer, is tempting for technology companies. Leaders such as the Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Jack Ma have also recently visited parts of the continent.

But countries like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, which Google said it would initially target for its training to mobile developers, may not offer as many opportunities as Chinese and Indian companies.

Gap in wealth means that a large part of the population in places like Nigeria has few disposable incomes, while mobile adoption tends to favor more basic phone models. Combined with poor telecommunications infrastructure, this can mean a slowdown and less internet browsing, which technology companies are counting on to make money.

Google also announced its intention to provide more than $ 3 million in free financing, mentoring and workspace to more than 60 African start-ups over three years.

In addition, YouTube will launch a new application, YouTube Go, aimed at improving video streaming over slow networks, said Johanna Wright, YouTube vice-president.

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

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