Accelerating Digital Literacy in Nigeria’s Digital Economy, by Fom Gyem

The importance of digital literacy for the successful implementation of Nigeria’s digital economy was highlighted by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mallam Isa Pantami, during the one-day virtual workshop, organized by the Nigerian Software Testing Qualifications Board (NGSTQB), on the theme: “Role of Software Testing in Nigeria’s Digital Economy”.

We live in a technology-dependent world, so digital literacy is crucial. Now you can buy movie tickets using a smartphone, read the news on a portable tablet, or take books with you. Digital literacy is the ability to use, understand, evaluate and communicate across a range of digital platforms.

Digital literacy is demonstrated when you read a book on a Kindle, rate the trustworthiness of a news article linked to your social media feed, or create and post a YouTube video. Even the technology you use to access this article is digitally literate.

Finding the right tools for consuming information, sharing, and producing content for others are some indications of a digitally savvy person.

The ability to search, analyze and transmit information online or in a digital format is known as digital literacy. The idea of ​​“digital literacy” can generally be broken down into three key capabilities, while the precise definition may differ between businesses, academic institutions, or other organizations. These are:

Your way of getting information: This is the ability to perform digital tasks such as reading a news article online, accessing your bank statements online, or using an e-reader in a classroom .

The information you produce: Everything from developing and editing videos to writing articles to producing and editing PDFs falls under this skill set.

Your method of transferring information: Knowing how to communicate knowledge is necessary once you have it. Tweeting, sending an email, exchanging documents online with your team, and other forms of communication are all examples of communication.

… awareness of what digital literacy is and the reality of its influence on our daily lives will greatly enhance its promotion in Nigeria. We can dominate our environment in many ways through digital literacy. We can become creators of ideas that can spark desires, lead to the creation of tools that can reduce stress, and effect a transition from consumers to producers.

Digital literacy is essential in many aspects of life, from education to the workforce. However, this is simply a requirement for anyone using the internet.

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You may need to access and use online forms and applications, as sometimes they are the only ones available. Knowing how to distribute documents can maintain workflow, and the ability to determine if a website is legitimate can save you headaches. The ability to navigate our contemporary digital environment requires a basic understanding of digital literacy.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE 2011), digital literacy has beneficial effects on learning skills and competencies as it broadens the scope of potential knowledge.

The importance of digital literacy for the successful implementation of Nigeria’s digital economy was highlighted by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mallam Isa Pantami, during the one-day virtual workshop, organized by the NNigerian Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB)on the topic: ‘Role of Software Testing in Nigeria’s Digital Economy’.

Pantami noted that for Nigeria to reach its ambitious target of 95% digital literacy by 2030, “we will need to build literacy among citizens, so that they understand and consume digital services.”

Thus, awareness of what digital literacy is and the reality of its influence on our daily lives will greatly enhance its promotion in Nigeria. We can dominate our environment in many ways through digital literacy. We can become creators of ideas that can spark desires, lead to the creation of tools that can reduce stress, and effect a transition from consumers to producers.

Of course, the value of fostering a culture of digital literacy in Nigeria cannot be overstated. When we can safely and responsibly use digital technology to learn, communicate and collaborate, every citizen of this nation can become a decent, digitally literate person.

Regardless of each employee’s role, information and communication technology (ICT) skills are becoming increasingly crucial for many organizations. The variety of technological tools and resources used to communicate, create, distribute, store, retrieve and manage information demonstrates the importance of digital literacy.

Each technology has a different potential, depending on how it is used. Knowing how to evaluate internet sources for accuracy and reliability of information would be considered good digital literacy.

For example, using a computer requires procedural skills (file management), cognitive skills, and emotional and social abilities. Digital literacy is a mixture of these talents (intuitive reading of visual messages in graphical user interfaces). As such, Nigerian educators must constantly adapt the curriculum to incorporate the latest technological developments, as the components of computer literacy are changing due to technological advancements.

Of course, the value of fostering a culture of digital literacy in Nigeria cannot be overstated. When we can safely and responsibly use digital technology to learn, communicate and collaborate, every citizen of this nation can become a decent, digitally literate person.

To support effective and integrated quality learning for all and to ensure everyone has the digital skills needed to engage productively in the digital economy, public and commercial sector organizations need to work together.

Therefore, citizens with strong digital literacy will be aware of the legal ramifications of the negative use of technology, as well as the rights and obligations that come with being online.

Fom Gyem writes from Abuja.


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