Google for Africa 2021 – Google Plans to Support African Founders

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Google for Africa, is a unique opportunity for students to become Certified Google Specialists for free. The digital skills for Africa are designed to help improve employability and business growth.

Google for Africa

The training is offered in-person and online in English, French, and Portuguese with highly tailored content for job seekers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

As a company, Google is said to be committed to being helpful contributors to Africa’s growth. They aim to equip people with the right skills, tools, and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them. And right now they want the digital in Africa.

Google for Africa

There’s a lot that Africa with the help of Google can attain. Africa’s growing technology ecosystem offers opportunities to help create digital solutions that make traditional ways of working more productive while enabling the creation of new income streams and job opportunities.

However, employers across the continent state that many job seekers do not possess the requisite digital skills, limiting employability prospects and business growth. The COVID-19 pandemic has also driven home the importance of digital tools and skills. And many people have to come to see it as a tool.

In its wake, the most successful businesses were those whose operating model and employees could easily navigate the crisis and transition to digital service delivery.

Digital Skills for Africa

Digital Skills for Africa is a Google initiative in conjunction with various training partners, with intentions of training young people in digital skills. The future of work lies in the online world, a world full of possibilities where you can get everything you set out for.

Google Plans to Support African Founders and Entrepreneurs with Funding

Google has announced opening up three new programs targeted at supporting African entrepreneurs the 6th cohort of Google for Startups Accelerator (GFSA) Africa, and Black Founders Fund (BFF) Africa, and Google.org-backed grants for female entrepreneurs.

Following a rigorous selection process earlier in the year, 15 tech startups have been chosen across the continent to participate in the GFSA; and the three-month online mentorship program has begun, June 21, 2021.

Notably, the first virtual class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa was launched last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the 5 basic Digital Skills?

The framework is built on 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work and they are listed below:

  • Communicating.
  • Handling information and content.
  • Transacting.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Being safe and legal online.

The list above is surely needed to equip you for digital skills. To get more details on what more Google has installed for Africa, simply click here.

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