According to Meta, the programme aims to provide educators and trainers with training and resources to reach young people across sub-Saharan Africa. It will be equipping them with information and skills to help them thrive in an increasingly complex and digitally connected world.
"Through My Digital World, Meta is reaching learners across the region and shaping the sub-Saharan digital community for the better," says Phil Oduor, policy programmes manager for economic impact and digital literacy at Meta.
"Designed for young people aged between 13 and 18 years in high-tech and low-tech communities, the content has adaptable step-by-step instructions to fit their needs and learning environment," adds Oduor.
"The lessons help participants learn tangible skills such as protecting personal information, identifying reputable sources, understanding misinformation themes and recognising healthy online relationships," Oduor says.
The programme lessons are divided across six content pillars, comprising:
- Introduction to Digital Learning: Demonstrating to learners what the Internet is, identifying information that can be shared over the Internet, determining various methods for accessing information online and identifying the benefits, roles and responsibilities of digital citizenship.
- Digital Foundations: Teaching learners how to leverage tools to protect their digital devices and their personal information online, as well as that of others.
- Digital Wellness: Supporting learners' ability to engage with others (both individuals and the larger collective) online in empathic and positive ways, protect their physical and mental health and explore their identities.
- Digital Engagement: Helping learners develop executive functioning, critical thinking and the skills needed to evaluate and share media and information online, as well as engage with different cultures and contexts.
- Digital Empowerment: Helping learners use technology and social media to create positive change and better opportunities for themselves, their communities and the world.
- Digital Opportunities: Preparing learners to create the next wave of technology and succeed in their careers and pathways.
Meta says that over the years, it has trained thousands of African youths through existing digital literacy programmes across sub-saharan Africa. My Digital World will be launched in Ghana, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ghana, in 2021.
All content is available and can be accessed for free. The programme will be available in:
- Kiswahili, and
My Digital World partnered with organisations across sub-Saharan Africa to develop the learning modules and resources in the curriculum. The list of the partners can be found here
The 2021 edition of My Digital World is now accessible on the new website
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