By Juliet Umeh
Social media platform, Facebook today, unveiled a new application, “My Digital World”, to enrich Sub-Saharan African youths’ digital skills.
According to Facebook, the app is designed to equip the youth and general public in this region 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.
It also said over the years, it has 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.
Policy Programs 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.”
According to him, 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 from today 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. Modules on online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship,” Oduor explained.