Google said on Wednesday that it has trained a million African people as part of its digital skills programme, beating a target of doing so within 12 months of its April 2016 launch.
It has now committed to expanding the programme to more people in the coming year.
In addition to the new target, Google said it plans to assist local communities by providing offline versions of its online training materials to reach individuals and businesses in low-access areas where it is unable to hold physical training sessions.
It will also provide offline versions of the content in languages such as Swahili, isiZulu and Hausa.
The digital skills programme offers 89 courses through an online portal, and Google works with 14 training partners in about 20 countries to offer face-to-face training.
The US technology giant said the programme will now also address the needs of small business owners looking to better understand how to take advantage of the Web across Africa. It will add Web-focused skills training for SMEs across Africa as part of this initiative, it said. — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media