As part of its campaign to promote digital literacy across Sub-Saharan Africa, Social Media powerhouse Facebook on Monday announced the launch of ‘My Digital World’ a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across the region with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. The programme is a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programmes, including ‘Safe Online with Facebook’, ‘Ilizwe Lam’ and ‘eZibo’ and will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook has, over the years, trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills and is preparing to train close to 20,000 participants across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Ethiopia on safe, responsible and beneficial usage of the digital platforms.
Commenting on the announcement, Policy Programmes Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook, Phil Oduor said: “We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills needed to navigate the digital world, especially during these challenging times of COVID-19. Never has it been more important to invest in and train communities and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools to take full advantage of what the internet has to offer.”
The training is free and open to youths aged 13 years and above and will also focus on teachers, parents and guardians. The sessions commence on June 15th, 2020, with the programme including: Up to 90-minutes Instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions; digital marketing campaigns highlighting best practices, tips, quizzes and polls on digital literacy topics, with content delivered through Facebook and Instagram and modules on online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship.
Facebook said it is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms and has invested in initiatives designed to build awareness on responsible online behaviour, critical thinking and understanding of social issues.
Facebook has instituted policies, tools, resources, partnerships, and programmes to help enable safe, responsible, and beneficial use of its platforms.