Google on Wednesday 22 April announced the third round of its Develop Scholarship, as part of the company’s commitment to “create skills and opportunities for Africa”.
John Kimani explained that it builds on Google Africa’s five-year commitment to “help bridge the developer skills and opportunities gap in Africa”.
Web developers in Africa
Google plans to provide 100 000 African developers with access to high-quality, world-class training. Kimani, who’s a project manager at Google Africa, explains:
“We are announcing an additional 30 000 training scholarship opportunities and a further 1 000 grants for the Google Associate Android Developer and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications”.
Kimani explained that the training will be delivered by Pluralsight and Andela through an “intensive curriculum designed to prepare learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers”. Pluralsight and Andela Google partners.
Benefiting communities in Africa
Global Head, Developer Training Programs William Florance also adds that “Africa is on track to have the largest working-age population of 1.1 billion by 2034”.
“Google’s certifications are developed around a job-task analysis and test learners for skills employers expect developers to have in these domains.”
William Florance, Global Head, Developer Training Programs
Developers across Africa who have successfully gone through the scholarship program are provided with opportunities to “grow their careers and use their skills to benefit their communities”.
One such example is Boutheina Bouchahda, a middle-school teacher from Tunisia. Bouchahda completed the training back in 2019 and is currently building an application to teach her students how to program.
Google’s training programme provided Bouchahda with the skills and confidence she needed to pursue her dreams and enable others to follow theirs.
Ayeah Godlove Akoni from Cameroon – one of the 1 000 qualified developers across Africa – completed the web development skills track and landed a job as a web developer.
By the community, for the community
Furthermore, developers accepted into the scholarship will gain access to our network of over 250 Google Developer Groups and Developer Student Clubs in 150 cities across Africa.
“Throughout this journey, we have seen the value of peer-to-peer learning as a catalyst for deeper learning thanks to the in-person meetups facilitated by our community leads in multiple cities across Africa.”
This connection to communities focused on Google technologies will provide access to additional skills and help inspire the next generation of software developers in Africa.
Apply for the scholarship here.
We are pleased to announce 30k new scholarships as part of our Africa Developer Scholarships program! We’re also providing a further 1,000 grants for Associate Android Developer & Associate Cloud Engineer certifications.
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— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) April 22, 2020