Digital literacy in rural areas:
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
How anticipated digital literacy training can foster responsible digital citizens while developing infrastructure and policy to connect the unconnected.
Almost half the world’s population, 3.7 billion, most in developing countries, is still offline and is facing an essential lack of digital literacy skills, states UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. A study led by Krik Krak computer project from September 2020 to March 2021 in six rural areas in Hinche, Haiti, has shown that: 1) 98% of those children have no idea about computer basics and internet literacy, 2) it is easier for children to learn digital literacy (keyboarding, screen pointing, web searching, etc.) than an adult that has been exposed to technologies later in life. This paper aims to analyze how anticipating digital literacy and internet governance training (train rural children even if they don’t have a real internet connection yet) can foster empowered digital responsible citizens whenever they expose to a real internet connection. Also, we want to share our approach with the rest of the world to personalize it according to their situation and use it to help prepare responsible digital citizens.
Knowing that the digital literacy issue is a world challenge, we (krik krak computer project) have decided to have an idea of how it impact Haitian’s rural regions by distributed a survey to 404 children in potential localities in the peripheral of Hinche. Respondents were divided into two categories (primary school children and the teachers), and we have taught them an intensive month-long digital literacy education curriculum.
In addition, they have surveyed before and after introducing the curriculum. The results indicate most rural citizens don’t know about digital literacy; they have no access to the internet, and training children in their younger age about digital basics is an essential asset for building a safer, more robust, and internet united. On this basis, it is recommended that stakeholders (particularly education) emphasize and start training for those who don’t have any idea about digital basics as key factor in empowering youth while multi-stakeholders are working to connect almost those 50% unconnected.
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@krik krak computer project teaches computer literacy to rural Haitian children.