This week, Google began sending a new bus throughout Bangladesh in an effort to promote the potential of the Internet through the country. This new program, called Google Bus Bangladesh, is an educational program targeting more than a half million students aimed at teaching them digital skills.
The plan is to hit more than 500 campuses in thirty five locations over the next year. The bus will bring instructors and tools to the students to teach them how to make the most of the Internet. Students will also be able to use connected Android devices to get hands-on experience. Google will provide the entry-level devices along with a Google Plus community for the project for gathering information and the exchange of ideas.
James McClure of the Google Asia Pacific team said, “Bangladesh is a country on the move with a large pool of young citizens that’s leading the Internet charge. Equipped with the right training, the youth can be the cornerstone for creating a connected, digital Bangladesh.”
Today, more than two-thirds of the world is offline. Individual initiatives such as Google Bus Bangladesh can help Internet beginners and newbies gain the experience necessary to make great strides in their education, while giving them the tools necessary to step out into the entrepreneurial world. It’s true that Google may benefit from getting more people connected in the long run but, considering the time, expense and resources that this type of program entails, I believe Google is to be congratulated once again for reaching out to help others.
Source: Tech Crunch