Why Organizations should invest in Digital Literacy
Digital literacy has helped in the creation of prevailing employment, learning, mental, and skill acquisition opportunities for a countless number of people.
This is irrespective of the fact that total digital inclusion is still a challenge especially in remote communities. Serious endeavors such as setting up digital literacy training programs underway are daily being made to drive these campaigns.
Notwithstanding the lateness in the penetration of the Internet in Africa, its growth curve is on the increase as Africans are daily showing great ardour and dedication to embrace swift technological change, its versatility, and potential to bridge the existing global digital divide gap.
A research conducted by the internet world stats revealed that the internet penetration in Africa as at 2020 is estimated to be 47.1 percent. In 2019 the Global System for Mobile Communications stated that 45per cent of the total population in the Sub-Saharan Africa had been found to have subscribed to mobile services.
Digital literacy having been observed to have major influencing roles to play in the transformation of both the educational and talent development sectors in non developed countries has been gradually embedded at the foundation of all educational systems.
This new development implies that the daily need for digital literacy training within and across Africa is on the increase.
On the other hand, on the account of the high poverty rate in most African countries, access to proper digital knowledge is low, the reason being that the needed infrastructure for such training is on the high side and as such, it is only accessed by the privileged ones who can afford it. The bothering question remains;
“how do the underserved access digital literacy training”
GoDo Hub, one of the leading hubs in Africa, through its digital literacy programs is equipping individuals in underserved communities with digital skills.
Due to lack of funds, this training has not spread out as it should. This is because running these programs can be cost intensive and as such will require support from different organizations.
Supporting such training programs will help to expose, inform and connect more individuals to the digital world thereby increasing their access to opportunities.
Furthermore, the provision of access to proper digital knowledge results in the achievement of digital equality or inclusion within the society which brings about a massive production of adequate solutions for the pressing needs of the society.
It is therefore time for organizations to consider including funding for digital literacy programs as part of their corporate social responsibility plans.
By Gracefield Maxcot
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