All forecasts show, by the year 2020 there will be about half a billion internet users across Africa. Naturally this presents a formidable growth opportunity especially for businesses and digital entrepreneurs operating in the cyberspace. However, Africa runs the risk of having offshore businesses and entrepreneurs to come and capitalize on this emerging market and is all because of the digital gap between Africa and the rest of the industrialized nations.
To mitigate this problem, Google has set out to equip the youth with relevant digital and tech skills. Skills that will place the youth in a better position to not only actively participate, but also be in the lead in capitalizing on growing potential of e-commerce across Africa.
Currently, the unemployment rate in many African countries is high (South Africa 35%, Kenya 17% and Nigeria 13%). The increasing use of internet across Africa could become a source of income for many of these unemployed youths. However, they first need to be equipped with the relevant digital skills that will help them leverage on the increasing number of Africans using the internet.
Google has embarked on an ambitious …read more