Facebook has launched a new platform, “My Digital World” and it is designed to give much needed skills to youths in Nigeria, and Africa .
In a disclosure made on Monday, Facebook stated that “My Digital World” was a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo which would all be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook claimed that over the years, it had trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills.
The social media giant noted that this year it was prepared 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.
Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook said that imparting necessary skills to the young people in Africa would enable them navigate the digital world with ease.
“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 pandemic.
“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 15 with the programme including up to 90-minutes Instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions.
“Also they will have access to 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 citizenship would also be made available.
“Facebook is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms”, Oduor said.
Safe Online with Facebook is a 12-week after school workshop designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of online safety and digital literacy. To get it started, Facebook had to partner with Co-Creation Hub and Junior Achievement Nigeria.
Ilizwe Lam is a digital literacy programme that offered youth communities in secondary schools and afterschool programmes on how to stay safe online including, online safety, privacy, news literacy and digital citizenship skills.
Facebook joined forces with Asikana Network in Zambia to launch eZibo, a digital literacy program that offers youths in secondary schools and afterschool vital training around responsible social media usage, online safety, privacy, news literacy and digital citizenship skills.
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