Google is planning to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in a bid to make them more employable, its chief executive Sundar Pichai said today in Lagos, Reuters reports.
A spokeswoman for the company is reported to have said the technology giant will also train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
In March, Google said, it had reached its initial goal of training one million people.
Mr Pichai stated that the company was “committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years”. According to a Google blog the training is done in several languages including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu and is aiming to ensure that at least 40% of people trained are women.
It did not say how much the programme cost, Reuters reports. People have been sharing pictures and videos from the event in Lagos.