ITU, Facebook launch online safety project in Ethiopia
As part of the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative, the ITU is partnering with the African Child Online Protection Education and Awareness Centre (ACOPEA) to run a pilot exercise in Ethiopia to train community activists and others in key safety messages and tools. The ACOPEA programmes and educational resources will promote smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies. The project will include awareness and training sessions in 25 schools in partnership with teachers. Facebook is supporting this pilot initiative financially, in partnership with the ITU and ACOPEA. The pilot will principally focus on Ethiopia, although the parties have ambitions for it to lead to the development of Africa-wide education and awareness activities on the importance of child online safety.