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Microsoft launches an initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in the new economy

Yesterday Microsoft launched a global skills initiative program, which aims at helping 25 million people around the world to learn and equip themselves with digital skills for the new times, by the end of year, 2020.

“The biggest brunt of this downturn is being borne by those with lower educational attainment, people with disabilities, people of color, women, younger workers, and individuals who have less formal education”, said Brad Smith in his blog.

Further, he says: “We believe we can combine the best in technology with stronger partnerships with governments and nonprofits. Together we can better serve people, filling jobs and creating opportunities for individuals around the world. We should all aspire to turn a year that had a bleak beginning into a decade that has a bright finish. “, hence showing the resolve to help people overcome their economic challenges through Technology.

The initiative will make use of company’s existing and new resources like LinkedIn, Github and Microsoft to help people achieve the requirements for skills that are in demand. The three main objectives which will be achieved through this program are: 1) Use data to identify jobs or skills that are the need of time 2) Free access to learning opportunities to help people acquire the in-demand skills 3) Certifications at low-costs and fee job-seeking tools to help people acquire the new positions.

“Microsoft is backing the effort with $20 million in cash grants to help nonprofit organizations worldwide assist the people who need it most. One-quarter of this total, or $5 million, will be provided in cash grants to community-based nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve communities of color in the United States. ” says Brad Smith

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on world’s economy, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the situation in the America is particularly pressing.