Facebook launches new digital literacy programme across sub-Saharan Africa
19 June 2020
Facebook has announced the launch of 'My Digital World', a programme designed to equip young people and the general public across sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. My Digital World is a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs, 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 this year 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. The training is free and open to youths aged 13 years and above, and will also focus on teachers, parents and guardians.
In addition to instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions, the company will conduct digital marketing campaigns highlighting best practices, tips, quizzes and polls on digital literacy topics, with content delivered through Facebook and Instagram. Modules will cover online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship.