On Wednesday the 15th of March 2017, the Government of Zimbabwe officially gave a green light to the Google Digital Skills program. Deputy Minister for Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Hon Deputy Minister Dr. W. Mlambo (MP) officially launched the program in Harare yesterday evening.
The program will see more than 50 000 Zimbabwean Youths being trained face-to-face on how to use the Internet effectively for business and self-promotion on social media. The training will last for three hours and attendees will be given a chance to continue the training online on a portal with over 80 videos and other training materials.
Meanwhile, in other countries, Google has trained over one million people already. In countries where it has been effective, the Government and tertiary institutions played a pivotal role in making the program a success. Success has been recorded in Nigeria and Kenya where 450 000 and 400 000 young people were trained face-to-face.
Having the government of Zimbabwe endorse this project is a huge step to seeing this program becoming a success in the country. The Deputy then wrote a letter to all tertiary institutions, churches, and any other associations to welcome the program across the country. All interested institutions, organizations, and individuals interested in taking part in this program can invite the program by sending application on afrodigital.org or contacting the Computer Society of Zimbabwe offices or the Zimbabwe International Youth Investment Council.
The program which is rolling into action next week is set to done in all the ten provinces of the country. The reach of the program is not limited to any gender or ethnic backgrounds. It is for everyone and everyone is encouraged to embrace this opportunity while it lasts.
All the information, updates and calendar for this program is available on afrodigital.org
The launch in pictures.