US technology firm Google said it has trained 400 Kenyan youth and 1 million Africans on digital and entrepreneurship skills under Google’s Digital Skills for Africa Programme that was launched in April 2016.
The trainings were delivered via face-to-face by partners and through an online platform to the youth to build an online presence, create content, understand web design and user experience, social media and app development.
Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said initiatives such as Google’s Digital Skills for Africa support the development of digital entrepreneurship and new job opportunities which is critical to attaining transformative social and economic growth.
Mucheru said through the Ajira Digital Programme launched by the government in 2016, which aims to train one million Kenyan youth on how to earn income through online work, the government is collaborating with Google in order to maximize the reach and impact of both programmes.
Of the one million youth trained, 97 percent were trained offline, in person through fourteen partner organsiations spread across Africa. In Kenya, the partners included Centum Learning, Africa 118, and E-Mobilis.
There is a massive focus by corporates in Kenya and foreign companies to offer skills to the youth and help reduce staggering unemployment numbers. The Kenya government had promised to provide tax incentives for companies providing training to the youth.
Kenya and Nigeria
Most of the program trainees came from Kenya and Nigeria where Google has been able to develop key strategic relationships with youth organizations and government institutions. During the next phase of program, Google will be extending its commitment to help more communities outside urban centers in Africa acquire digital skills.
This will be achieved by rolling out offline versions of our online training materials to reach individuals and businesses in low access areas where we were unable to hold physical trainings.