A digital literacy programme was recently launched by Facebook to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world.

The programme dubbed ‘My Digital World’ will be offered virtually to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While speaking about the programme, Phil Oduor, Facebook’s Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, 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 utilize the power of digital tools to take full advantage of what the internet has to offer.”

For accessibility and empowerment purpose, Facebook has made the training free and open to youths from the ages of thirteen and above. The programme is targeted at teachers, parents and guardians.

Facebook is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms and has invested in initiatives designed to build awareness on responsible online behaviour, critical thinking and understanding of social issues. Facebook has instituted policies, tools, resources, partnerships, and programmes to help enable safe, responsible, and beneficial use of its platforms.