Digital literacy is the ability to understand, interpret and use information in different formats on digital devices. It is the awareness and attitude of individuals to meaningfully use digital devices and facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyze and synthesize digital resources, construct new knowledge and create media.
Digital literacy trains people on the skills, knowledge and basic principles of engaging in inline communities and social networks while informing them on the digital rights of other people.
As important as digital literacy is, studies have shown that a lot of Nigerian women and girls still do not have the requisite skills to match up with technology which hampers their businesses as 21st century entrepreneurs in all fields of human endeavour. Women need the knowledge of digital literacy to improve their businesses, expand their customer base, network with other entrepreneurs in their industry and enhance their skills in their areas of expertise.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- To promote and encourage girls to develop interest in and pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
- To enhance the economic empowerment of women and girls by discussing skills that make them better entrepreneurs and relevant in the 21st century workplace and society at large.
- To create an intimate relationship with a team of women for consistent follow-ups, discussions, interactions and partnerships as a support system for economic empowerment.
- To build a team of empowered women from diverse backgrounds who can in turn empower and support other women in their localities thereby increasing the network of empowered women.
- To improve the health and nutrition of women and children as economically empowered women are able to access healthcare facilities, make informed decisions about their health, fight malnutrition and most importantly, resist and seek justice for violence against women and other limiting factors to the actualization of women’s dreams.
The programme has had 72 beneficiaries in the first and second streams.