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Education and Empowerment: Google Announces a $1.2B Initiative for 20,000 Nigerians

Vice President of Nig. with Google Team
Vice President of Nig. with Google Team

The “Mind the Gap” initiative, which aims to provide 20,000 Nigerian women and youth with digital skills, has received a 1.2 billion grant from Google. The funding supports the federal government’s objective of generating one million digital jobs. The course will be delivered both online and in person and will cover data science, artificial intelligence, web development, and mobile app development.

To entice people with a keen interest in digital technology, a strong academic background, and a commitment to improving their communities, Nigeria is launching a program to create millions of jobs in the digital sector.

Asserting that Nigeria is open to business and committed to leaving a legacy that will make Nigerians proud for future generations, Vice President Kashim Shettima emphasized the need for innovative thinking and collaboration with Google. In the knowledge-driven, post-industrial era, Nigeria’s sizable English-speaking population has enormous potential to close the expected global talent gap. Shettima and Google intend to collaborate for the benefit of their countries. Participants can join the initiative from anywhere in Nigeria.

The “Digital Onboarders Programme” is an initiative in Nigeria aimed at equipping 5,000 youth in 12 states with digital skills who are not currently employed, enrolled in school, or undergoing training.

The ‘Arewa Tech4Ladies’ program offers digital learning to women in four semi-urban and rural communities in Kaduna State. Through this, 5,000 women and girls will receive training in subjects like artificial intelligence and data science.

The last pillar is the Engage Nigeria initiative, which aims to support the expanding creative industry by providing training and mentorship to 10,000 extraordinary young talents throughout the country.

Olumide Balogun, Google’s country director in Nigeria, has announced a grant from Google.org to help the country’s digital economy. The grant is viewed as an investment in Nigeria’s digital economy and a vote of confidence in the country’s future. To help the federal government create one million new digital jobs, Google has committed to doing so, and it will continue to be a steadfast alligator throughout this revolutionary process. The program’s introduction reflects the long-standing relationship between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Google and aims to empower women and young people in Nigeria.

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